High School Student Critics Federal Regulation on School Lunch Rules

OSAGE CITY, Kan. (AP) A Kansas high school student’s extra-credit assignment in a government class was meant as an exercise in expressing her views on a hot topic.

But U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts says the letter he received from Lindsey Heward complaining about new federal rules for school lunches helped sway opinions in Washington.

Heward is a senior at Osage City High School. She wrote to Roberts criticizing the effects of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rules on calorie counts in school lunches.

The letter was among a raft of criticism that Roberts says forced the agency to relax the guidelines.

While limiting calories is one way to fight obesity, Heward and Roberts say there are better ways than leaving students hungry.