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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:51

Highland Pines School receives grant to expand breakfast program

(CARO) -- Highland Pines School in Caro has received a grant to expand their breakfast program for students. The Building Healthy Communities through Breakfast: First Fuel Breakfast Challenge grant is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon says that he is pleased to see that Highland Pine received one of the grants. Studies have shown that students who eat a nutritious breakfast perform better all-around. Highland Pines is one of only 75 schools to receive the grant, which is dedicated to ensuring that an additional 35,000 students across the state receive breakfast before school. Currently only 42% of students in the state who receive school lunches also receive school breakfast, placing Michigan 35th nationally in breakfast services. The First Fuel Breakfast Challenge aims to increase that number to 60%.