A community becomes a better place when its people work together to improve the area, reach out to each other and work to lend a helping hand to those in need. It is particularly encouraging when young people take action to make a difference.
A new and unique program has been initiated in Massachusetts that will be an extraordinary demonstration of doing good in the community, even at a young age.
Launched by Governor Deval Patrick, Project 351 is a statewide initiative focused on encouraging young people in Massachusetts to get involved in serving their community.
An 8th grader from every city and town in Massachusetts was chosen to participate in Project 351. These students were selected by local superintendents based on a superior history of volunteer activities, performance in school and level of maturity. Some have lead fundraisers, while some volunteer in elder care facilities and contribute their time at food pantries. Our own local heroes from the Merrimack Valley area will have the special opportunity to participate in Project 351.
On Saturday, January 8, 2011 the 8th graders from all 351 towns and cities will get together. The day will begin with a “Town Hall Meeting” at Cradles to Crayons, a charity in Brighton, MA. Here there will be a motivating discussion with Governor Deval Patrick that will set the tone for their day of volunteering.
Joined by the governor and members of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics, the children will then depart to different sites around Boston. They will spend the day volunteering, as well as gaining knowledge and awareness of local issues and leadership opportunities.
Project 351 will conclude with a Community Celebration. All volunteers will enjoy food, music and some newly formed friendships.
Visit the Eagle Tribune for a story on the students from the Merrimack Valley who have been selected to participate in the program.