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Not all students can go straight home after school, which is why the Youth Village serves greater Fort Walton Beach children in grades kindergarten through eighth, offering them a safe place and an extension of the education process.

The Youth Village is based on building a strong foundation for academic success that provides structure and fosters learning among its participants.

For information or to enroll your child, visit or contact Founder/CEO Nellie Bogar at


This past spring, the Back Beach Barbecue held its second Hog Bash, which raised $2,400 for South Walton Academy.

South Walton Academy is a private, nonprofit inclusion school and pediatric therapy center in Santa Rosa Beach that serves children ages 1 to 18 and provides the school for grades up through ninth. For information, visit


Parents of high school students: Each year Alice Hart offers ACT/SAT workshops designed to optimize your student’s skills and success when taking the college entrance exams. For information, contact Hart at


Educators in public, private and home schools can find useful science-based lesson ideas through the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, which works with the state’s county extension offices and 4-H organizations.

For information, visit


Students in need of volunteer hours may wish to help at the Trash Bash, sponsored by the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Aug. 31 from 8 to 10 a.m. Bring your own gloves.

For information, call 850-684-3347 or visit


Clint Akins, pastor of the Seeker Fellowship Church, presented $2,500 to Dr. Anita Choice, Wright Elementary School principal, and Mary Reid, the school’s counselor.

Seeker Fellowship Church partners with the Wright’s vision/health assistance program to further aid qualifying Wright families.

“Pastor Akins has a heart for the community” Choice said. “He is a product of Okaloosa District schools.”

Mission Seeker Fellowship Church meets each Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Wright Elementary School cafeteria.

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