More than 250 eighth graders, including middle school student Benjamin Kelleher will represent the Commonwealth's 351 cities and towns Saturday, Jan. 14. Kelleher along with the other students will act as "ambassadors" for the day. The students will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of Project 351, a project started by Governor Deval Patrick that emphasizes youth leadership.
On Saturday, Governor Patrick will host a Youth Town Meeting and then the students will volunteer at various non-profits throughout Boston including, Cradles to Crayons, the Greater Boston Food Bank and the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club. Ending up at the State House, the students will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with Governor Patrick.
“Project 351 will support and create opportunities for the eighth grade ambassadors’ continued service, by providing tools, enrichment and connection to a community of their peers,” said Carolyn Casey, executive director of Project 351. “We will work to ensure that young leaders from across the Commonwealth have the greatest potential to make a difference in their communities.”
Students were selected last year as well, and their day of service positively affected over 10,000 children dealing with economic challenges.