While driving around the local community, 2020 Rogers Scholar and Rockcastle County High School student Kylie Martin was troubled by the large amount of trash littering the sides of the road.

For her Rogers Scholars community service project, she decided to organize a clean-up project to pick up litter and debris along a section of Highway 70 and Bandy Willailla Road. She and a group of volunteers picked up 32 bags of roadside litter along this stretch of highway.

“This project really allowed me to see how big of a problem littering is and how I can actively fight against it as a teen. Thanks to The Center for Rural Development and the Rogers Scholars program, I have been able to express my love for my community and work with others to protect it and the environment.”

James Renner from Rockcastle County PRIDE provided trash bags, vests, gloves, and other supplies for the clean-up project.

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.