2020 Rogers Scholar and Johnson Central High School student Rebecca Spradlin reached out to the residents and staff at Mountain Manor, a skilled nursing and assisted living facility in Paintsville, to make sure they were not forgotten during the pandemic. She donated 106 care packages to the residents and provided refreshments and snacks to the staff for her community service project.

During the height of the pandemic, Rebecca kept residents informed through her newsletter, entertained with music videos performing church hymns on the piano, and distributed holiday cards.

“Nursing home residents are the people who helped shape and lead our community for many years, Therefore, it was important to me that they were not forgotten during the confusion of the pandemic. Being able to provide them with presents that reconnected them with the community and showed that they are remembered was a very fulfilling experience for me.”

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