2021 Rogers Scholar Chloe Reynolds not only completed one community service project but two.

The Paintsville Independent High School student collected coloring books, crayons, and children’s books from her school, church, and community to give to children whose parents are incarcerated.

She presented the donated items to Floyd County Jailer Stuart “Bear” Halbert to give to the children at a holiday gathering. They colored one page in the coloring book to present to their incarcerated parent.

“We all know how important it is to love and support children and their families when another family member is incarcerated. It’s not the child’s fault that their parent is in jail and feeling the heartache of others can help ease the pain, especially around the holidays.”

In her second community service project, Reynolds organized a blood drive for the Kentucky Blood Center at her school. Despite some scheduling issues, she managed to get everything together for a spring blood drive with a little help from her friends.

“This project showed what great support I have from my friends and school. I also learned how demanding blood is in our healthcare system.”

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.