Local siblings and 2021 Rogers Scholars Elizabeth and Samuel Dalton recently completed community service projects under the prestigious program.
Elizabeth bought, wrapped and delivered Christmas gifts to former members of the First Christian Church for her community service project. She coordinated a “Secret Santa for Seniors” project to ensure that former members of the church weren’t forgotten during the holidays.
“I have always thought of Christmas as a time for family, and it saddens me to know that there are people in my community whose families cannot visit them during the holidays,” he said. she stated. “The feedback from people affected by my project has been worth the stress, gas, money and effort. I was happy to have been able to give some Christmas spirit to some people who might not feel a such feelings otherwise.”
Samuel organized a holiday campaign to provide food and toys for the Pulaski County Animal Shelter. He placed collection boxes at the First Christian Church of Somerset and other community locations for volunteers to drop off donations for his “Fur-liz Navidad” community service project.
“This project was a very meaningful experience,” he said. “My love of animals has been a constant throughout my life and being able to help the animal shelter has been very rewarding.”
Both Daltons attend Pulaski County High School.
Each graduate of the Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program must complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.