Students returning from SC weight loss program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Students from a suburban Kansas City school district will be nearly 600 pounds lighter when they return Friday from the spring semester at a weight-loss boarding school in South Carolina.

That amount brings the Independence students’ total weight loss for the school year to 1,342 pounds. This is the first year that the Independence district has sent students to MindStream Academy in the southern South Carolina town of Bluffton.

Twelve students completed the first semester at the school. Of those students, nine returned for the spring semester and were joined by six new students.

Aspiring Marine Jason Alexander was the biggest loser, shedding 154 pounds over two semesters.

Funding for the $28,500-per-semester tuition came from the school district, donors, students’ families and a foundation.

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