Blue Wahoos right fielder Malik Collymore and team mascot Kazoo visited Eglin Elementary School to present an anti-bullying program.

“Kazoo gave a big thumbs down to bullying and a thumbs up to notifying parents and teachers if someone was getting bullied,” said Principal Denis Samac.


Last month, Walton School District specialist Jennifer Hawthorne organized a Principal Convening Workshop in Chipley. Hawthorne holds a doctorate in elementary education.

She discussed “Putting People First,” concentrating on five areas: set high expectations, allow people to do their jobs, inspect what you expect, lead conversations that foster growth and show people you care.


Parents: One way to ensure your student’s success is to take an interest in his or her work.

The Fort Walton Beach High School Guidance Department makes the process easy with its parent information night, scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the school’s auditorium.

This evening is specifically for ninth and 10th grade.


Walton Middle School is offering SeaPerch, a STEM/engineering course facilitated by Greer Harvell.

In the first few weeks of SeaPerch, students designed small vehicles powered by the snapping action of a mousetrap.

The vehicles must cover a flat distance of 5 meters. Upon completion, each team member documented his or her learning with a written summary of the research on automotive engineering and mousetrap racers.


The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is accepting registration for students who can perform with either the Sinfonietta Strings or the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra.

Sinfonietta Strings membership is open to developing string players with at least two years of lessons.

The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra with musicians in grades six through 12, directed by Liz Aylor.

For information about these programs, visit or call Aylor at 499-0172.


Southside Primary School will host a volunteer orientation from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the school’s cafeteria.

If you can help at an area school, visit your district’s website for more information or contact the school you would like to help.

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