2018 Rogers Scholar Walker Campbell of Casey County collected 400 pairs of new and gently used shoes for his Rogers Scholars community service project, Sole-Lo Shoe Drive.

After learning some students in Casey County lacked proper footwear, 2018 Rogers Scholar Walker Campbell organized a shoe drive to help meet one of life’s basic necessities.

Campbell, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program, launched Sole-Lo-Shoe Drive in February to provide a pair of new or gently used shoes to children in need.

“I recognized an issue in our community, and I wanted to take steps to solve it,” said Campbell, a junior at Casey County High School. “I believe a quality education is the most important aspect of a child’s life. I wanted to make sure their education wasn’t hindered by a lack of proper shoes.”

Walker, through the help of community volunteers, collected 400 pairs of new and gently used shoes. The shoes were donated to the family resource coordinators in Casey County schools to be distributed, as needed, to students.

“We thank Walker for his generosity to others and in giving back to the community during the recent shoe drive,” said family resource coordinator Shelly Wesley. “We are so fortunate to have such a fine young man, like Walker, in our community and in our schools. The Casey County School System appreciates his hard work and dedication in helping others.”

Campbell is the son of Marsha Campbell and Bob Campbell of Dunnville.