The Department of Defense Education Activity awarded a five-year, $1.25 million grant to the Okaloosa County School District science and math departments, which will share the funds to support secondary science and math curriculum.

The grant allows Meigs to add technology in the classrooms, support STEM summer camp, provide professional development for teachers and pilot an online tutoring program.


In Meigs news, congratulations go to its Teacher of the Year, Karen McVay. Congratulations also go to Sedrick Hill, Education Support Person of the Year.


Enjoy pancakes, sausage and orange juice or coffee for a minimum donation of $7 per person from 7:30-10 a.m. today at the Magnolia Grill in historic downtown Fort Walton Beach.

This fundraiser benefits the Fort Walton Beach Viking Band, with service from 7:30 to 10 a.m.


The Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Junior Classical League participated in the regional forum in January, with several awards: Devan Grabinger, second-place, geography advanced; Alicyn Grete, fifth, mythology advanced; Shep Harper, first, grammar II; Malachi Hofman, fifth, grammar advanced; Rachel Barnick, fifth, grammar I; Hannah Lynch, fifth, vocabulary II; Maddie Athearn, fourth, and Josh Pruitt, fifth, Latin derivatives I; and Alyssa Grete, fifth, Latin derivatives.

In the projects category, Jacob Parry took second in two-dimension non-graphic art for his depiction of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Olympic winners included first and second place wins for Alicyn Grete and Alyssa Grete in the 100-meter run and in standing broad jump. Alicyn placed third in the mile run.

Assistant Principal Marilyn Bilby accompanied the students. Julie Mosley serves as the JCL sponsor.


McDonald’s in Bluewater Bay will host a McFundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Monday for Bluewater Elementary School, which will apply the money toward the purchase of Chromebooks.

Eat at the Bluewater McDonald’s during that time and a portion of proceeds help the student get technology geared toward education.


West DeFuniak Elementary School received an EPIC grant of $20,000 from the St. Joe Community Foundation, with funds going toward books, E-books and iPads for the library.

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