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When Yoga instructor Mandy Tinsley-Rodriguez from South Walton High School asked her students to journal their days and poses as part of a remote-learning assignment, she received a completely unexpected and beautiful surprise!

9th grade student Grace Minton included in her journal a beautiful poem that expresses her feelings on one of the most basic, yet most important of all emotions...love.

When we asked, Grace agreed to allow us to share her words. 

Student Poem During Covid19

Supt Hughes helps out with meals at bus stop 4.13.20

Superintendent Hughes could NOT take it ANY LONGER! He had to get out and see some students. Using social distancing measures he took a selfie from more than 6 feet.

Results.....same big smile from students and parents; Bigger Smile from Superintendent Hughes...just housed under the mask!

Hard but it has to be like this for now!

A few pictures to show you what EPIC looks like to prepare and distribute 25,490 meals to 2,600 students and families in 4 hours in Walton County. There are many additional Super Heroes NOT pictured, as this was merely 3 distribution sites. Our dedicated bus drivers remain consistent and vigilant in making this happen in communities.

“Although these are difficult and unprecedented times I remain ONE PROUD Superintendent of Schools!” A. Russell Hughes:

It truly is EPIC3 to see our employees make this happen!

Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20
Food Distribution 4.13.20

COVID-19 Update April 13, 2020

 On Tuesday, April 7th, the Walton County School District was able to feed over 2,500 students a total of eight meals (four breakfasts and four lunches) for a grand total of over 10,500 meals.  This was a 37% increase from our daily distribution plan.

 We want to thank everyone who made our first weekly food distribution possible!  Thank you to our food service workers, bus drivers, custodians and plant managers, guardians, nurses, and school teams.  We also want to thank all of the departments, such as our Facility Department, who sent teams to help prepare meals.  It was a true team effort, and we appreciate all who contributed!

 Parents, because of the success of Tuesday’s weekly distribution, we will continue this model as planned.  

Upcoming dates for food will be April 14th, 21st, and 28th.  On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches).  Our five food distribution sites will remain the same (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School); however, we have continued to make small adjustments to our transportation routes.  Please see the attached stops.  On Tuesdays, food distribution sites will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please continue to call or submit online questions to your child’s school if you need information about food, technology help, computer devices, paper portfolios, and more.  We are here to help and continuing your child’s education is important to us!

 Revised Bus Stops for April 14, 21, and 28

Grab and Go Meal Program

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has streamlined food distribution to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and to also help you maximize your resources (gas, costs, and time).  Our revised plan will focus on a single week day distribution- Tuesdays.  On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches).  Our five food distribution sites will remain the same (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School); however, transportation routes will adjust slightly due to the larger distributions (please see our website).  Our revised plan will begin April 7th and run every Tuesday for the month of April (April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th).  On Tuesdays, food distribution sites will stay open longer – from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – to accommodate the larger amounts of food being disbursed. 

Grab and Go Meal Plan flyer

You can access the updated Food Distribution Bus Schedule (4.2.20) here