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Northwest Florida Environmental Stewards partner with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance(CBA), a non-profit watershed organization, to achieve critical education and environmental restoration needs in the Choctawhatchee watershed. The flagship program of the AmeriCorps-CBA partnership is Grasses in Classes, a hands-on environmental education project for third- and fifth-graders in Okaloosa and Walton counties. CBA provides schools the requipment and materials needed to grow shoreline grasses in school-based salt marsh nurseries. While students tend the salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, they are educated on the role of shoreline grasses in providing critical habitat and preventing erosion and water pollution. At the end of the year-long program, students travel to a restoration site along the Choctawhatchee Bay to transplant their matured          shoreline grasses under the supervision of the AmeriCorps team.

Fire Safety Program at FES

October 21, 2016

Walton County Fire & Rescue personnel shared fire safety with students in Prek through 1st grade.

Music education is strong and thriving in Walton County, where two elementary school students have been accepted for participation in one of two All-State elementary music ensembles. Students selected attend Van R. Butler Elementary and Freeport Elementary Schools. These students will perform with the FMEA All-State Elementary Chorus or Orff Ensemble in Tampa, January 13, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center.  These students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive audition process among over 875 elementary students from all across Florida.  Congratulations to Ella Ekenseair (Butler, 4th grade, Chorus) and Savannah Smith (Freeport, 4th grade, Orff Ensemble). The students’ teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Austin and Ms. Angela Saltsman, are members of the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association. 


Kindergarteners Make Bread

October 14, 2016

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Meyer's class read about The Little Red Hen. They created a list of ingredients and listed the steps for making bread by using letters and sounds. Then they helped make their own bread from scratch! The bread was delicious, and they had so much fun baking!

Donuts with Dad

October 5, 2016

Over 700 parents and students participated in the FES Donuts with Dad breakfast.
The Dugas Family Foundation contributed $3,280 designated to promote the "love of reading" in every student by providing books for school libraries, teacher libraries, and home libraries. FES is so apprecative for this generous gift.