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Earth Day is celebrated around the world every year on April 22nd to recognize support for environmental protection. Teachers and students celebrate the holiday in class each year, but many celebrated this year by simply taking time to be surrounded by nature or by attending digital events.

Kaylee Jimenez, a 5th grade student at WDE, celebrated by making an extraordinary and creative representation of Earth using natural materials. She also acknowledged items in her drawing that we can recycle throughout the year to do our part every day.

Kaylee’s creation reminds us all of the beauty of Earth and the importance of protecting it.

Pictured: Kaylee Jimenez

Submitted by:  Debbie Bush

COVID 19 Update 4/18/2020

April 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update April 18, 2020

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference today, April 18, 2020, where he stated "Today I am also announcing that our K through 12 schools will continue with distance learning for the duration of the school year."

Upon receiving a formal statement from the Florida Department of Education, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes will release an update with more specific information.

Congratulations to 5th grade student Lucy George who recently surpassed a personal goal of 1000 AR points. Mrs. Paul proudly presented Lucy a Kindle for reaching this extraordinary accomplishment. Lucy is a student in Mr. Stafford's class and has worked all year to accomplish this goal.  Way to show that Positivity Project character of LEADERSHIP!  We are proud of you!

COVID-19 Update April 13, 2020

On Tuesday, April 7th, the Walton County School District was able to feed over 2,500 students a total of eight meals (four breakfasts and four lunches) for a grand total of over 10,500 meals.  This was a 37% increase from our daily distribution plan.

We want to thank everyone who made our first weekly food distribution possible!  Thank you to our food service workers, bus drivers, custodians and plant managers, guardians, nurses, and school teams.  We also want to thank all of the departments, such as our Facility Department, who sent teams to help prepare meals.  It was a true team effort, and we appreciate all who contributed!

Parents, because of the success of Tuesday’s weekly distribution, we will continue this model as planned.  Upcoming dates for food will be April 14th, 21st, and 28th.  On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches).  Our five food distribution sites will remain the same (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School); however, we have continued to make small adjustments to our transportation routes.  Please see the attached stops.  On Tuesdays, food distribution sites will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please continue to call or submit online questions to your child’s school if you need information about food, technology help, computer devices, paper portfolios, and more.  We are here to help and continuing your child’s education is important to us!

Hello Families and Friends,

WDE had started a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Unfortunately, we are not at school to give personalized order forms, but have worked directly with Art to Remember to create a website displaying your child’s artwork. This allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child’s art. There are over 50 products and many are less than $15. These make great gifts and a percentage of every purchase goes right back to our school. You can also upload the artwork to your free gallery if you choose not to purchase. To have a link for your child’s artwork emailed to you, please send an email including your child’s name and teacher to Mindi Reed at [email protected] 

Thank you! We hope you enjoy your keepsakes!


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