In partnership with Boy Scout Troop 149, 2021 Rogers Scholar and Harlan County High School student Caleb Rose organized a clean-up project to pick up trash and debris from the streets of downtown Harlan prior to the city’s annual Easter march on Good Friday.

“This project meant a lot to me. We weren’t just cleaning up a town. We were cleaning up our home. This town’s culture, history, and location are so unique and seeing it all cluttered was just so miserable. I know we had to do something, so it means a lot knowing we played a part in helping our 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