2019 Rogers Scholar and Green County High School student Lindi Compton will end her 2020 school year on a high note. Throughout the year, she organized a club called Unite to encourage other students at her high school to get involved in community service.

Each month, students had the opportunity to participate in a project that would give back to their community such as a community clean up, Veteran’s Day Breakfast, Bingo at the nursing home, clean windows at nursing home, etc. This club is available to middle and high school students.

“When we were assigned a community service project at Rogers Scholar, I knew I wanted to do something different,” Compton said. “Something that would continue to impact people even when the project was over. Unite opened my eyes to see how many students want to help, but they just don’t know how. We gave back to our community, which ultimately will give back to us in the long run. Unite has taken a piece of my heart, and I can’t wait to continue it next year!”

“Unite has impacted me personally because of it being student driven,” said Joy Coffey, Unite Sponsor and Green County High School College and Career Counselor. “Witnessing my students answering the needs of others, as well as our community, is humbling and inspiring. Unite is inviting of all students. It is a club that allows all students to participate. No club dues, no membership deadline date – it is for everyone, every day. There is no better feeling than knowing you are able to give back.”

Each graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program is required to complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.