By Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer
Region – Project 351 is a Massachusetts youth congress that celebrates service and civic leadership. The congress is comprised of one eighth-grade student representative from each of the commonwealth's 351 towns and cities. Ambassadors are selected by local educators for their exemplary ethic of service and their values of humility, compassion, commitment, kindness and generosity of spirit.
The student ambassadors came together at the Statehouse for a Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray Jan. 14. Following the meeting, the group set out for various service sites throughout the Boston area.
“I am proud to meet such wonderful students whose dedication to service can make Massachusetts a better place,” Patrick said. “It is a privilege to visit the service sites with the ambassadors and see them honor Dr. King with a day committed to enriching our community.”
Project 351 participants include Lily Clouter of Hudson, Sarah Loverso of Southborough, Remy Zais of Westborough, Pedro DeMello of Marlborough and Jaehyun Lee of Shrewsbury. The ambassadors worked at Cradles to Crayons, the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Towers in Roxbury.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
By taking part in Project 351, these students have admirably answered Dr. King's challenge.