INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- A dozen students who were sent by the Independence School District to a semester at a weight-loss boarding school in South Carolina are coming home a combined 756 pounds lighter.
The students were scheduled to arrive Friday morning at Kansas City International Airport. The district says that for all but one of the students, this will be the first time their parents have seen them since August.
The students spent the past four months exercising and learning to eat healthier at MindStream Academy in Bluffton, S.C.
The families, the Independence district and a district foundation combined to pay half the usual semester tuition of $28,500 per student. The other half was covered through donations to a foundation associated with the school and by other donors.