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Hot beverage bar a hit at WVa school cafeteria

May 4, 2019

MASON, W.Va. (AP) — Breakfast is getting a little sweeter at Wahama Junior-Senior High School in Mason County with the cafeteria looking more like a coffee house.

On Tuesday morning students got their first taste of West Virginia’s only hot beverage bar in a school.

“Don’t be scared to try coffee. It’s really good,” eighth grader Evan Whited said.

Whited tried coffee for the first time, as Mason County Schools unveiled hot beverages at breakfast in hopes of enticing more students to eat the all important first meal of the day.

“In this school we’re only serving about 30 percent of the students. Today close to 85 percent of our students came through the breakfast line,” said Beverly Glaze, the Child Nutrition Director for Mason County Schools.

Recent studies show students who eat breakfast have better mental performance and perform better academically.

“I do think it will increase more kids to go eat breakfast because most kids just go to their next class. Now that that’s there I think more will go to breakfast,” Senior Emily Van Matre said.

The choices of beverages include coffee, tea and hot cocoa with different flavors. The drinks are caffeine free and the sweeteners are natural.

“I really like how some people never had coffee and they get a chance to have it, and some people that have had coffee, they get to have some new tastes,” Whited said.

Seventh grader Trey Gilkey said the coffee makes him want food.

“The more coffee I drink the more I get hungry and want something else to eat with it,” he said.

The project is not costing Mason County Schools anything with Keurig helping to offset the costs.

“Keurig sponsored and gave us the machines. The only thing that child nutrition is purchasing are the coffee pods, and it’s a minimal cost and we recoup that cost as the number of kids eating breakfast increases,” Glaze said.

The goal is to put a hot beverage bar in Mason County’s other two junior-senior high schools next school year.

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Information from: WCHS-TV, http://www.wchstv.com