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Page Newsome avails herself of a healthy afternoon snack as she works on a project at South Elementary School. She is a fourth-grade student in Angie Clark’s classroom.

Page Newsome avails herself of a healthy afternoon snack as she works on a project at South Elementary School. She is a fourth-grade student in Angie Clark’s classroom. Photo by Julie Smith.

Kids are eating their broccoli — even looking forward to it.

Healthy snacks like cubes of cantaloupes or florets of cauliflower are welcomed enthusiastically into classrooms at Jefferson City's South Elementary School three days per week.

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“I like cantaloupe; it’s juicy and sweet,” said fifth-grader Paige Ireland. “(The snack) gets me energized; helps me think better and stuff.”

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