A high school student is helping to brighten the lights in the City of Jenkins.
Austin Johnson, a senior at Jenkins High School, presented a $1,325 check recently to purchase string lights for Jenkins in order to brighten up the town and make it look more attractive for residents and any guests.
Johnson presented the check to Chrystal Bentley, director of the nonprofit organization SmileFaith Appalachia, located in downtown Jenkins. The donation was given as part of a community service project Johnson has been doing through the Rogers Scholars Program.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of a project that positively impacts the town I’ve grown up in,” said Johnson, who worked with local businesses and residents to raise this money. “Rogers Scholars has been a unique and enlightening experience that has helped me to learn and grow.”
Bentley thanked Johnson for his efforts in seeing the funding drive through.
“Austin’s dedication to this project has been inspiring,” Bentley said. “He is a very intelligent and motivated young man. We appreciate all his hard work in helping ‘light up’ our community.”
The Rogers Scholars program, named in honor of Fifth District U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, is open to high school sophomore students in southern and eastern Kentucky seeking to build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. For more information on the Rogers Scholars program, please visit www.centeryouthprograms.com or call (606) 677-6000.