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    School breakfast program expands

    More students in Randolph are taking advantage of “After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom,” a nutrition program supported by a private philanthropic organization.

    The program now serves 76 percent of students in four elementary schools, up from 21 percent last year, according to Scott Valentino, district manager for Chartwells, the schools’ contracted food provider.

    Valentino said an average of 260 children at each school are provided daily with fresh fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels and cream cheese, along with juice and milk. He said the program may be introduced to the middle and high school next year.

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    He said the program is made possible through a $7,500 grant for each school from the EOS Foundation, a philanthropic organization with offices on Cape Cod and Boston.

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    The program was introduced in Randolph at the John F. Kennedy School in December, with Young Elementary added in January, Donovan Elementary in March, and Lyons Elementary in April.

    “We know that making breakfast part of the regular school day can have a powerful effect on academic performance, so it’s a priority for us to make a morning meal available to all students,” said Valentino, in an e-mail.

    Jean Lang can be reached at jeanmcmillanlang@gmail.com.