Project 351 invited a 8th grade community service leader from each of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns to Boston for Martin Luther King’s Birthday (January 15, 2011). They served as “Youth Ambassadors” in a joint rally followed by a day of service with Governor Patrick and Celtics star Ray Allen.
It’s a wonderful chance to inspire these service stalwarts, recognize their achievements, and send them back to their schools with the hopes that thousands of other Massachusetts students will emulate their example. It is also a great way to help cultivate political interest among our nation’s soon-to-be voters. [Superintendents and principals chose the “Youth Ambassadors” in their communities based on their strong ethic of service.]
Among their acts of service was donating 1000 books to children of the four hundred Haitian earthquake evacuees living in the Boston area.
See “State’s youth find reward in service” (Boston Globe, Jan. 16, 2011)