A true sign that Christmas and other winter holidays are upon us is the opening of the annual Sugar Plum Shoppe, sponsored by the Choctawhatchee High School varying exceptionalities students.

“We will have soup in a jar mixes, cookie in a jar mixes, quilts, Christmas items, gift items as well team sports items,” said teacher Sherrie Barker. “A new item to our shop will be cornhole games which students in Royal Preston’s class at CHOICE helped to create for us.”

Other students have become involved, as well. The school’s flyer was created by a student in Hillary Brown’s Digital II class.

The shop runs from Dec. 4-8 in room 1C06 at the school from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. If you intend to shop during school hours, check in at the front office before proceeding into the school.

For information, call 833-3614, Ext. 4105.

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In November, the Maude Saunders Elementary School fifth-graders participated in Bio-Blitz at the Emerald Coast Science Center.

As field scientists, the students collected samples to identify, categorize and photograph.

The work showed the student that the area is filled with interesting plants and animals.

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Adding something new to the school’s extracurricular activities, Liza Jackson Preparatory School fielded teams in the CyberPatriot X Competition.

The Air Force Association sponsors CyberPatriot X, providing virtual images with cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Students work as a team to find and correct the vulnerabilities without making the system insecure.

Three rounds of competition determine which team will earn a trip to the national level.

LJPS hosts two teams, with one including Bailey Gable, Miriam Lo, Jayruh Miller and Nicole Ramirez. The other team includes Cooper Bailey, Bohdin Fernandez, Blake Holguin, Ethan Nguyen, Olin Wolfgram and Henry Vu.

Jennifer Auriemma and Jona Friedman provide sponsorship support along with members of Hurlburt Field’s AFSPC 39 IOS/CC unit.

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The Butler Elementary School Student Council held a food drive for Caring and Sharing of South Walton, with students throughout the school donating canned and boxed nonperishable food items to support families in need this holidays season.

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