Several Santa Rosa School District teachers incorporated lessons about lionfish, hoping to educate students about the prevalence of this invasive species in local waters and the negative impact the fish has on indigenous species.

In September, some classes performed dissections on lionfish as lab work, with students documenting what the lionfish eat.

To further assist in lessons, a few teachers earned certification as lionfish eradication divers: Tami McConnell, Charlene Mauro and Amy Cozart.

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The Magnolia Grill has scheduled its first pancake fundraiser of the school year from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, with benefits going to the Pryor Middle School cheerleader program.

The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for a minimum donation of $7 per person, but additional donations will be accepted.

Guest servers include Pryor Pirate cheer squad members and parent volunteers.

The Magnolia Grill, owned by Tom and Peggy Rice, is at 157 Brooks St. SE, in Fort Walton Beach.

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The Republican Women Okaloosa, Federated, recently donated 1,146 dictionaries to 11 southern Okaloosa County schools.

This literacy initiative, chaired by Gayle Blumberg, came with a request that students look up the word “potential.”

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Fort Walton Beach High School student Dane Shelton earned the City of Fort Walton Beach September ACE Award, presented monthly to a student who demonstrates success and service in and out of school.

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I have long said that education is a three-way partnership among the educators themselves, the parents and the students. I’ve changed my mind.

The community as a whole is also in the partnership, with tax dollars and private involvement affecting our schools.

Maude Saunders Elementary School is just one of many in Northwest Florida that asks for community volunteers. MSE has scheduled volunteer orientation on several dates: Oct. 4, 11 and 18. Contact the office at 850-892-1260 for times and information.

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Later this month, the Santa Rosa School Board and Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick plan to tour Hurlburt Field under school Liaison Officer Nancy Prescott. Santa Rosa Schools offer education to many military dependent students.

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