The annual cardboard boat races soon take place for St. Mary School eighth graders. Later this month, the students build and race themed boats made of cardboard and duct tape.
A variety of prized will be awarded: fastest boat, best theme, the first-to-sink Davy Jones’ Locker.
In academic news, students earned recognition as part of the Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program): Joseph Alexander, Eva Mullis, Gema Navarro, Gennaro Smith, John Paul Walker and Bikendi Pelegrina.
As part of the school’s new sports program for the kindergarteners through fourth graders, noncompetitive skills, fitness and fun will be taught. Sessions include soccer, tennis, baseball/softball and basketball. Parent volunteers serve as coaches.
The Sept. 26 “Dads, Take Your Child to School Day,” Maude Saunders Elementary School supports this statewide initiative that encourages fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and father figures to become involved in their children’s academic life.
The school has planned activities for all types of dads at each grade level.
For information specific to the MSE activities, visit the school’s website or Facebook page.
Since 2003, the Walton County Prevention Coalition has been working in Walton County to educate parents and youth about the dangers of engaging in the use of drugs and alcohol at a young age.
“It is always a good time to teach kids ways to say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol,” said Judea Kring of the WCPC. “We are working hard to continue giving parents and youth the tools they need to have tough conversations and to make smart choices in relation to substance use.”
The WCPC partners with more than 30 local businesses and government offices in Walton County. The coalition’s monthly meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Northwest Florida State College Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs.
“People from other counties can attend,” Kring also said. “Our coalition's focus is on Walton County, but anyone can take the information back to other coalitions or their county and implement ideas”
For information, visit www.waltoncountyprevention.org.
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