2021 Rogers Scholar Garrett Ritchie and community members picked up 20 bags of trash at Mine Made Adventure Park in a Knott County cleanup campaign.

Garrett, a student at Knott County Central High School, collaborated with county Judge-Executive Jeff Dobson, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, and park officials to organize the Rogers Scholars community service project. He also presented a program to students at Hindman Elementary on how to keep the environment clean and safe.

“This project has been an opportunity to help my community become healthier. By both educating the community and directly helping it, I feel that I’ve been a benefit to my community. I feel honored to be a part of my beautiful community.”

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.