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West Virginia filling students’ bellies and minds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In West Virginia’s Mason County, children walk to the cafeteria together so they can start the day’s lessons with a breakfast of whole grain waffles, cereal, fruit, and milk.

Here, among the coal mines and farms so familiar across Appalachia, the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is taken literally.

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