Picture of CIC Change for Children

Okaloosa Schools Recognized for Making a Change

Several Okaloosa County Schools were recognized at the May 29th School Board Meeting for their fundraising efforts during the Children in Crisis (CIC) Change for Children Campaign. Over 25 schools participated and collectively raised $33,545 for the Children’s Neighborhood! The school's recognized included:

Top Fundraiser for High School: Choctawhatchee High School: Sponsor, Becky Perez (Not Pictured) Dr. Lee Hale, Principal

Picture of Top Fundraiser for High School: Choctawhatchee High SchoolTop Fundraiser for Middle School: Ruckel Middle School- Dennise Beachem, Sponsor & Paul Whiddon, Principal

Picture of Top Fundraiser for Middle School: Ruckel Middle SchoolTop Fundraiser for Elementary School: Elliott Point Elementary- Alicia Duhon Sponsor, Kathy Ard, Principal

Picture of Top Fundraiser for Elementary School: Elliott Point Elementary- Alicia Duhon Sponsor, Kathy Ard, PrincipalTop Fundraiser for Okaloosa County overall: Plew Elementary: Sponsor, Heather McClaren, Carolyn McAllister, Principal

Picture of Top Fundraiser for Okaloosa County overall: Plew Elementary: Sponsor, Heather McClaren, Carolyn McAllister, PrincipalThe Change for Children Campaign started in October 2008 as a fundraiser for Children in Crisis in Okaloosa and Walton County schools.  The Change for Children campaign was started by the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) Sorority of Okaloosa County, an educational organization comprised of teachers and administrators. ADK ran the Okaloosa County Campaign this year.

“Today, we would like to give recognition to the hard working ladies from ADK in Okaloosa County,” said Ken Hair, CIC President and CEO.

The goal of the campaign is to “teach children to help children” by donating their pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to feed and clothe the children living at The Children’s Neighborhood, located in Fort Walton Beach. Each school comes up with creative ways to raise funds. Jugs are distributed throughout each school system and students enjoy making the campaign fun. Examples of school fundraisers are “Pie the Principal,” themed clothing days, i.e. camo day, superhero or favorite football team, and talent shows.

Since 2008, Children in Crisis has provided a home to over 825 abused, abandoned and neglected children of Okaloosa, Walton, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. For more information please visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org or call 850-864-4242