8th Grade Students from across the Commonwealth to participate in Governor Patrick’s Project 351 Service Program honoring Martin Luther King
BOSTON – Dover resident Mariam Sharfi and Sherborn resident Cecilia Michalowski will join more than 400 eighth graders to convene at Faneuil Hall with Governor Patrick on Saturday, January 18th for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Project 351 promotes youth participation in the community and was launched as part of Governor Patrick’s 2011 Inaugural. Since 2011, students have participated in the Project 351 service day and this year’s students will be the fourth class of the program.
Each student was nominated by teachers in their school system for their leadership potential, exemplary service and embodiment of compassion, commitment, humility and kindness.
Governor Patrick will meet with the students at Faneuil Hall to launch the day of service celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King. Service sites include: the Pine Street Inn, Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, and Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club.
“I welcome Project 351 Ambassadors from across the Commonwealth to unite in the spirit of service,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Our young people have unlimited potential to create positive change across our Commonwealth, our nation and our world. Project 351 recognizes that while providing a wonderful opportunity to inspire, challenge and motivate our next generation of leaders to give back and make a significant impact in our community.”
Project 351 encourages the student ambassadors to “unite, act, and lead” not just on the service day, but throughout the year. The presenting sponsor for this year’s day of service is John Hancock. Other sponsors include: Brookfield Renewal Energy Group, Highland Street Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Pfizer, AT&T, and Bank of America.