Commonwealth Journal


May 10, 2013

Spring Flowers Beautify Downtown Somerset

SWHS student brightens up downtown area with her Rogers Scholar community service project


Somerset —

On Thursday, Pittman and several others, including her friends from school, began the process of planting flowers and shrubs in the 26 pots, with encouragement from Gosser, Girdler, Lonnie Lawson, president of The Center for Rural Development, and Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison with The Center.
The Rogers Scholar program is considered The Center’s flagship youth program.
“This is the first step ... in making downtown more beautiful,” said Girdler.
Pittman is also involved in the SWHS Raptor Rehabilitation program, she’s a class officer, and she’s a member of the National Honors Society. She is also on the school’s golf team. But despite her busy schedule, she was happy to make time to help carry out her project.
“I’m glad I got to do this,” said Pittman. “Maybe it’ll encourage people my age to get out more and do things for the community.”
Stephens said Pittman has set the bar high for Rogers Scholar community projects.
“I’m extremely proud of her for organizing and coming up with the idea,” said Stephens. “It’s projects like these that make a difference in the community.
“She’s really gone above and beyond here,” added Stephens. 

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