2021 Rogers Scholar Elizabeth Dalton, a student at Pulaski County High School, purchased, wrapped, and delivered Christmas gifts to elder members of First Christian Church of Somerset for her community service project.

She coordinated a “Secret Santa for Seniors” project to make sure elder church members were not forgotten during the holidays.

“I have always felt that Christmas was a time for family, and it saddens me knowing that there are people in my community whose family cannot visit them for the holidays. The reactions from people impacted by my project made the stress, gas, money, and effort all worth it. I was glad that I was able to provide some Christmas spirit to some people who may not get to experience such feelings otherwise.”

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.