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2018 Rogers Scholar Mack Parsons, a senior at Magoffin County High School, organized a food drive at his high school to help support the Kentucky Mission Bible Training Center for his Rogers Scholars community service project. Each graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program is required to complete a community service project within one year after completing the program.

2018 Rogers Scholar Mack Parsons of Magoffin County organized a food drive at his high school to help support the Kentucky Mission Bible Training Center. 

Earlier this year, Parsons, now a senior, reached out to students at Magoffin County High School and asked them to help support the project by donating non-perishable food items to the nonprofit faith-based residential treatment center.

“In order to get the students excited about the food drive, the principal granted permission for the first-period classes to be challenged to bring enough food items to cover their classroom doors,” Parsons said. “In return, the classes that achieved the task would be granted a period of enrichment activities at the end of a school day in April.”

The food drive was kicked off in February during a student body assembly. During the month of March, non-perishable food items were collected. Each time a class brought in enough food items to cover the classroom door, an announcement was made over the intercom. Approximately 500 students were involved in the food drive and four classes earned enrichment time.

“The Kentucky Mission Bible Training Center is a nonprofit faith-based residential program that depends on local churches, community members, and other organizations to support us,” said assistant resident director Thomas Martin. We really appreciate the support we received.”

“I enjoyed collecting and delivering the food to the residents of the mission,” Parsons said. “It made me happy to see the residents’ eyes light up when they saw the amount of food that had been donated to them. I am very thankful for the opportunity to organize this food drive.”

Parsons is the son of Mark and Andrea Parsons of Salyersville.

Each graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program is required to complete a community service project within one year after completing the program.

Rogers Scholars—The Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program—is an intensive, one-week summer camp that provides valuable leadership experience and exclusive college scholarship opportunities to help rising high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky seize their full potential as the region’s next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

For more information about Rogers Scholars, contact Allison Cross, community liaison and youth programs coordinator, at 606-677-6019 or email across@centertech.com. Visit www.centeryouthprograms.com to learn more about the Rogers Scholars program. 

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.
 

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