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Hillcrest students get lunch treat for hard work

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By David Carroll
dcarroll@wrcbtv.com

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- In School Patrol, we spotlight a local businessman who's making a difference.

Each month at the Huddle House on Brainerd Road you'll see a lot of smiling students, enjoying their favorite meal, as a reward for their good work.

It's a special kind of field trip for these kindergarten students at Hillcrest Elementary School. They're about to enjoy lunch, on the house, at the Huddle House.

"Each and every month Huddle House has a lunch for our children, and they can order off the menu, whatever they like," says teacher Gloria Gill.

The monthly Hillcrest treat is the idea of Gregg Hansen, who owns and operates 3 Huddle House restaurants, all closely involved with neighborhood schools. He donates his time to prepare a free breakfast for teachers, and encourages his employees to visit the schools to read to students.

"The students and kids get more out of this than we do...we get the satisfaction of the participation and partnership," says Hansen.

Students are rewarded for perfect attendance and good behavior. There's some learning involved in this program as well. Each month, the Hllcrest students write a story, and you just might see one of their stories when you dine in as part of the huddle house writers showcase.

"We display them on the tables, and customers can comment on them and the kids get to read those comments. Then the kids come in and they're just grinning from ear to ear," says Hansen.

These young authors receive a special card with their name and picture, and get a free kids meal from Huddle House for their winning stories. Hansen says its his way of letting Hillcrest students know that the community is behind them in their quest to become lifelong learners.

"We hope that will encourage them to become better writers, that's what it's all about," says Hansen.

Each month, we'll be spotlighting a special person who's making a difference in their neighborhood school. It could be a student, teacher, parent, or community volunteer.

If there's someone you'd like to spotlight, just contact David Carroll at dcarroll@wrcbtv.com.

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