DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - While some parents were sad to see the summer come to an end, students here at West DeFuniak Elementary were all smiles as the school year began, because they knew it was going to bee a good year.
"First day of school exciting, brand new for the students. They come in happy, ready for a new learning experience and it's a good day," said Carla Sconiers, 1st grade teacher, West DeFuniak School.
"There is no place like school on the first day of school. We are standing right here in West DeFuniak Elementary, where the theme is 'Bee Amazing,'" explained Superintendent Russell Hughes, Walton County School District.
The halls of West DeFuniak were decorated from top to bottom with their bee theme but, it was the library that had the whole school buzzing.
"One of our teachers, Mrs. Adams did a grant and she contacted Bee Cause Project and they actually worked to get the hive here in the library," said Tammy Goodman, West DeFuniak Elementary, Media Specialist.
This observation bee hive is on display for all teachers, students and staff to get an unique hands on learning experience. It is now home to more than 10,000 bees.
"I hope they'll learn an appreciation for bees and their importance in our environment," shared Goodman.
Last year Walton County was just one point away from being an 'A' school. Superintendent Hughes says the Walton County School District will be working hard to reach that goal this year.
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