Madi Smoot, second from left, and Jackson Independent’s Leadership Team prepare a meal for Haven House Homeless Shelter.

2018 Rogers Scholar Madi Smoot is helping the homeless in Breathitt County.

Smoot, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program, organized and prepared a meal for Haven House Homeless Shelter for her community service project.

“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents made every second worth it,” said Smoot, a student at Jackson Independent. “I am so thankful that I am able to give back to my community and the people in it.”

Smoot worked with the director of the homeless shelter and the school’s Leadership Team to coordinate the project.

According to Smoot, one of the biggest challenges was finding a date and time when the student volunteers could all help with the dinner because of their busy academic and extracurricular school activities.

“We talked to the sports coaches and explained my project, and they were nice enough to grant everyone a pardon for that night’s games and practices,” Smoot said.

Smoot is the daughter of Marcia Wireman and Dan and Danielle Smoot.