Tomorrow starts the 2019 Peanut Butter Challenge, coordinated by the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty and volunteers. The project accepts donations of unopened jars of peanut butter to distribute among hungry families between Pensacola and Monticello.

Take donations to area UF/IFAS county extension offices, with locations listed on individual county extension websites. General information can be found at

The challenge concludes on Nov. 27.


On Oct. 2, Elliott Point Elementary School participates in the National Walk to School Day, when students, teachers, parents, and guardians meet at Uptown Station between 6:45 and 7 a.m. The walk begins promptly at 7.

Community members, including Fort Walton Beach Mayor Dick Rynearson and his wife, will also walk.

“This will be chaperoned by many school employees, and members of the Fort Walton Police Department will escort us. Students can be dropped off to walk with us,” said Principal Kathy Gates Ard.


Earlier this month, Maude Saunders Elementary School hosted more than 200 students and family members during the Title 1 meeting and school open house.

“Parents learned about our school goals, our new HOUSE System, and what it means to attend a Title 1 school,” said Title 1 Contact/Resource Teacher Krisy Chandler Spence. “Students shared with their parents what they have learned so far this year.”


Several Silver Sands students became celebrity guests of Fort Walton Beach High School during a recent pep rally.

“Due to the high enrollment at FWBHS, we are unable to open our pep-rallies to the general public this year, but we want to extend invites to specific groups for each pep-rally so that we can still share the Viking Spirit Experience,” said English I Honors Teacher Rachel Jones.

“There were around 15 Silver Sands students and faculty in attendance and we set up a place for them to sit in chairs on the floor on the front row, as close to the action as possible.” Jones added.


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