Maude Saunders Elementary School continues its August Parent Information nights, all held at 6 p.m. to promote education partnerships among educators, parents and guardians.

The Monday meeting will focus on fifth-grade students, while Tuesday's gathering covers third-grade students.

This is an adult function, but child care will be available for those who can’t make at-home arrangements.


The second-grade students in Jessica Dawkins’ West DeFuniak Elementary School class participated in a team-building activity during the first days of school. Students constructed newspaper towers with newspapers and tape.

The activity employed creativity, coordination and teamwork.

As a way to promote grammar, teachers at WDE wear “Let’s eat grandma/Let’s eat, grandma/Punctuation saves lives” T-shirts. The message suggests that proper comma usage promotes better understanding.


Kenwood Elementary School is preparing for the 2018/19 school year, when it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Anyone interested in sharing memories of their school may look for the Kenwood PACK on Facebook.


The South Walton High School Parents With a Purpose opened the school year by providing breakfast and lunch for teachers and by sprucing up the landscaping around the school’s front entrance.

Clay Garden and Gifts on 30A donated planters with vegetation, while Resort Resale provided furniture and accessories.

The St. Joe Company Foundation donated funds toward the purchase of new outdoor tables and umbrellas.


If you find yourself wanting to help area schools, consider joining one of our School Advisory Councils. You don’t need a child in a public school to volunteer with an SAC; parents and other community members may join. To learn more, visit


Students in need of volunteer service points can give time to the annual Hispanic Fest 2017 on Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

Young artists may submit their work for display and sale at the Hispanic Fest gallery section. Participation in the art display is free, but do seek information about the sale procedures.

To learn more, visit United for a Good Cause, Inc., at

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