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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Helping Starbuck students learn through better nutrition

The Columbia County Health Department is raising funds to provide meals for Starbuck students


January 24, 2019

Michele Smith

Martha Lanman (l) and Carol Wildman (background) look on as Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley presents a $1,000 check to Starbuck School District Superintendent Kevin Graffis (r). The award will help fund a breakfast and lunch program in the Starbuck school until the end of this school year.

DAYTON – There is a kitchen, but there is no breakfast or lunch program for the 18 K-8 students and seven preschoolers enrolled in the Starbuck School District. Surprisingly, that's nothing new. There hasn't been for about 15 years, according to Starbuck School District Superintendent Kevin Graffis.

"That's just not acceptable," said County Public Health Director Martha Lanman. "We don't know how many are coming to school without breakfast."

That could be remedied if school and public health officials have their way. Lanman thinks it will cost around $8,000 to fund a food program until th...

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