2021 Rogers Scholar Aleah Wagner enlisted help from the Elliott County JROTC program for her community service project.

Aleah and other cadets helped brighten the holidays for residents at the Elliott County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by singing Christmas carols, hanging holiday decorations, and picking up trash and leaves.

“I loved organizing this project and I was able to form a deep connection with the older generation of my community. I also formed bonds with my fellow JROTC cadets that I normally don’t get to talk to due to grade differences. I would do this again in a heartbeat.”

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.