2019 Rogers Scholars and Ashland Paul G Blazer High School students Jack and Emma Latherow completed a Halloween costume drive for children at Safe Harbor this past October. Jack and Emma reached out to the community for costume donations and for funds to purchase costumes. They then reached out to Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky to donate the costumes.

“This project has helped us learn what it means to serve,” Jack said. “It has always been meaningful in serving at Safe Harbor and interacting with the youth there. It was an honor to help our neighbors have a special Halloween and to impact them in a way that was memorable and fun.”

“Safe Harbor’s children are the most vulnerable children in Kentucky,” said Ann Perkins of Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky. “This act of kindness from Jack and Emma provided our children with probably a ‘once in a lifetime Halloween Costume that they will remember for the rest of their lives.’ We are grateful for all that they have done for our children to make their lives a little brighter while they are in our shelter. Over 36 children received the best costumes for Halloween. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.”

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.