The kick-off event of Henry County Schools’ new grill cookout program drew more than a hundred children and close to 30 adults on a cool, cloudy day. Henry County Schools
The kick-off event of Henry County Schools’ new grill cookout program drew more than a hundred children and close to 30 adults on a cool, cloudy day.

District hopes cookouts will boost summer meal participation

Henry County Schools has added some sizzle to its summer feeding program with a pair of barbecue grills that turn out fresh burgers, hot dogs and chicken.

Summer meal participation seems to be going into a rut, forcing districts to try to find ways to reach and entice students to get a healthy meal while school is out.

This is especially problematic for rural districts where the kids are scattered across a large geographic area, making them hard to reach. In Henry County in central Virginia south of Roanoke, one

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