2021 Rogers Scholar Benton Hayes, a student at Casey County High School, hosted a Heroes Dinner to show appreciation for local first responders for his community service project.

Approximately 100 first responders attended the chili supper on May 1 at Creston Baptist Church.

“This project was intended as a way to thank those who help our community and help them to continue their good work. The vast majority of our emergency services are volunteer-based, so just being able to give back to them in any way possible was incredibly important to me.”

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.