2021 Rogers Scholar Emily Cox, a student at South Laurel High School, organized an Easter drive at Laurel Heights Nursing Home for her community service project.

Thanks to her community and donations from friends and family, she donated 579 Easter eggs, 53 bags of candy, 23 magazines, 20 Easter baskets, 14 egg dye kits, and 37 stuffed animals.

“This project is something that brings so much joy to my heart. During the pandemic, the nursing homes have been a place for so many elderly people to be able to have some hope in tragic times. For me to be able to help bring the residents joy during this season means so much to me.”

Graduates of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program are required to complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.