Bratt, Jim Allen And Molino Park PATS Classes Provide Christmas Cheer Around The World

December 5, 2019

The Program for Academically Talented Students (PATS) classes at Jim Allen, Molino Park and Bratt Elementary schools made a real difference this holiday season through Operation Christmas Child.  They worked hard to fill 42 shoe boxes with school supplies, hygiene necessities and toys.  The Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes will to be delivered to children who live in poverty around the world. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Jim Allen Fifth Graders Decorate Escambia Sheriff’s Office Christmas Tree

December 4, 2019

Fifth grade students from Jim Allen Elementary School decorated the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

It’s an idea that started with Jim Allen’s school resource officer. Over the last few weeks , the students worked to create the handmade ornaments to trim the tree.

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“We’ve got some folks that the holidays are a huge deal at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. They are people that, guess what, reach out to our community. So, when we can draw the school systems into this, itjust  makes it that much better,” Sheriff Morgan says.

This was the first year students have decorated the ECSO tree, but Morgan says they will invite the students back year.

The Jim Allen students also got a behind the scenes tour of the ECSO including the dispatch center, and they also saw a K-9 demonstration and met the people and horses of of the mounted posse.

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Kids Enjoy ‘Oliver Twist’ At The Molino Branch Library

December 2, 2019

The Hampstead Stage Company performed “Oliver Twist” at the Molino Branch Library last week. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Ernest Ward, Northview Cheerleaders Take Part In Disney Thanksgiving Parade

November 28, 2019

Cheerleaders from Ernest Ward Middle School and Northview High School took part in the UCA Thanksgiving Parade at Disney World. Pictured are Sarah Bailey, Leah Hetrick, Leila Sanders and Maggie Stewart. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Farm City Week Thanksgiving Meals Distributed To 800 Families

November 27, 2019

About 800 Thanksgiving meals were distributed to Escambia and Santa Rosa County residents Tuesday as part of Farm City Week.

The meals were distributed to 400 pre-registered applicants at the Waterfront Rescue Missing in Pensacola and 400 at the Milton Community Center.

FFA members, Boy Scouts and other volunteers from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties worked Monday worked to harvest fresh items for the meals Monday. They harvested produce including turnips and cabbage, bagged sweet potatoes, grits and cornmeal.

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The produce was paired with all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal from Feeding the Gulf Coast. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service was also in attendance to demonstrate how to prepare and cook the produce being distributed, as well as how to can fresh produce.

National Farm to City Week is a national effort to bring about a better understanding between rural and urban people by increasing knowledge and appreciation for agriculture.

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Tate Grad Beal Completes Marine Boot Camp

November 24, 2019

U.S. Marine Corps Private 1st Class Jackson Evan Beal graduated from boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, recently.

The recruit completed an intensive, 12 week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Marine core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. It concluded with a 58 hour exercise in endurance called the Crucible.

Beal is the son of Rich and Jennifer Beal of Pensacola.

He is a 2019 graduate of J. M. Tate High School where he was involved in ROTC for four years..

Bristol Aaron Of Cantonment Named Miss Snowball Derby

November 22, 2019

Bristol Aaron of Cantonment was crowned 2019 Miss Snowball Derby Thursday night, selected from a field of 16 contestants.

Jessica Ballard was declared runner-up; second runner-up was Madison Bragg, third runner-up Brooke Gardner and fourth runner-up Alana Rose. Ballard was also was selected by the contestants as Miss Congeniality.

Aaron, a Tate High School graduate, received $1,000 in cash plus jewelry and the crown for the year.

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Byrneville Fourth And Fifth Graders Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast

November 21, 2019

Fourth and fifth graders at Byrneville Elementary School enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast Wednesday. The feast was held with the help of parents and volunteers at the nearby Byrneville Community Century. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Escambia School District Names Top 5 Finalists For Teacher Of The Year

November 21, 2019

The Escambia County School District has narrowed their list of finalist for Teacher of the Year to five.

The top 5, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Kadee Barnett – first grade teacher, Beulah Elementary
  • Jacqueline Chabot – third grade teacher, Montclair Elementary
  • Maureen Harden – sixth grade math teacher, Bailey Middle School
  • Cheyenna Novotny – chemistry and other science topics teacher, West Florida High School
  • Jodi Woods – six grade mathematics teacher and math department chair, Ransom Middle School

The Escambia County School District’s Teacher of the Year will be named at the Golden Apple Awards in January.

For an earlier story listing all individual school teachers of the year, click here.

A Sweet Treat: Ernest Ward Culinary Students Share Program With School Board

November 15, 2019

Students from the Ernest Ward Middle School Culinary Academy presented to the Escambia County School Board, and left them with a sweet treat, Thursday afternoon.

They described the program to the board and shared a video from last year’s “Cupcake Wars” betweens teams of culinary students. Board members received double chocolate cupcake brownies prepared by eighth grade culinary students.

There are 153 students enrolled in the Ernest Ward Culinary Academy, which is a feeder program for the culinary academy at Northview High School. The academy’s director is Somer Bridges.

Pictured top: Ernest Ward Middle School Culinary Academy students Jackson Bridges, Leila Mason, Sarah Bailey and Allyson Jones. Pictured below: The students explain the program and share brownies with the school board Thursday afternoon. Photos for, click to enlarge.

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