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COAL GROVE, Ohio - Dawson-Bryant High School students will get a second chance at breakfast thanks to a grant from the Children's Hunger Alliance.

The school district's food service department applied for a grant and was awarded with $4,000 to help increase breakfast participation in the high school, according to Superintendent Steve Easterling.

"As far as I know, this is the first time Dawson-Bryant schools have ever received such a donation," Easterling said.

The school system offers free breakfast in the cafeteria; however, some students don't take advantage of that, according to Sharon Brammer, the district's food service director.

The new program will offer students things like muffins and coffee and cereal off a cart and the students will be allowed to take the food and drink into their first class of the day, Easterling said.

"We hope to get this started in a couple of weeks," Easterling said. "We'll give it a try and see how it works. I'm very excited about it. It's something we can offer to our students, something they don't have now."

"I plan to use the grant to establish a 'grab and go' breakfast and coffee cart in the high school," Brammer said.

The breakfast cart will be placed in the school's upstairs hallway and provide a second option for students to receive a free breakfast which can be taken into the classroom, she said.

Dean Mader, Dawson-Bryant principal, is very supportive of the concept and is working with Brammer "as a way to ensure more of our students start their day with a nutritious meal," he said.

"I want to thank Sonja Hill and the Children's Hunger Alliance for the funds to make this project possible," Brammer said.

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