A bountiful vegetable harvest is expected by the Walton Middle School agriculture students, under the direction of Joe Proffitt.

Students planted peppers, tomatoes, squash, okra, kale and other flowers and vegetables.

The potatoes have offered an ongoing lesson as the students have taken turns pouring additional dirt on these tubers as they’ve grown.

Support to the program has been provided by Adams Farms, ACE Hardware store manager Jonathon King, and Jim and Deb Eveleth of Crescere Farms LLC.

In other WMS news, the first "Science Palooza" for eighth graders took place in mid-April, with current and retired teachers and classroom aides providing instruction and stations to review for the state’s science standardized testing.

The school extends a thank you to McDonald’s for donating sausage biscuits to feed the eight-graders during the morning of the science FCAT testing.

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The Choctawhatchee High School retirees group, which meets once a month for lunch, awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Tytianna Campbell, who will apply it toward her education at the University of West Florida. She intends to earn a degree in cyber security.

The group, organized by retired educator Connie White, proposed the idea.

“Last year I asked the retirees if they would be interested in awarding a Choctawhatchee student a scholarship, and they were,” White said. “One of our retired math teachers collected the retirees' donations and set up an account with the school's bookkeeper.

“Retirees donated what they could,” White added. “I never imagined that we would collect $1,500 our first year.”

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As a supplement to Florida history lessons, the Eglin Elementary School fourth graders visited Tallahassee earlier this month. They toured the capitol, the Mission San Luis de Apalachee and the Florida Museum of History.

In third-grade news, the students toured the Eglin Air Force Base F35 hanger and facilities, and they received a presentation with a focus on safety and aviation.

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Early this month, the first graders of West DeFuniak Elementary School held a Drop Everything and Read day to meet their end-of-year Accelerated Reader goals.

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