On Saturday January 16, 2016, Molly Kent from the Sandwich STEM Academy took part in the Launch Day for Project 351 in Boston. Attendees were taken by bus to Faneuil Hall in Boston where they heard from Governor Charlie Baker and were inspired to serve their communities through the example of Martin Luther King Jr.
Molly was selected for participation in this event by her teachers for her leadership, kindness, compassion, and generosity of spirit.
From Faneuil Hall, ambassadors were brought to service sites around the city to perform service for a few hours at select locations. Molly went to IBA (Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion) to help put together meals for their clients who are mostly elderly hispanic residents of Boston.
Ambassadors were then brought to the John F. Kennedy Library where they heard stories of the day and were greeted by Congressman Seth Moulton. Ambassadors were played a special message by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots.
This spring, Molly and the other ambassadors will lead a service project in their town called Spring Greening where they will collect lightly used clothing to be donated to the Cradles for Crayons organization. Below is a brief summary of Project 351.
Project 351 is a statewide youth service organization dedicated to building unity and leadership through the year long engagement and enrichment of an 8th grade service Ambassador from every city and town in Massachusetts. Youth are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and generosity of spirit. Ambassadors attend a kickoff day in January in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Boston. Upon returning, the Ambassadors lead a service project in their community in the Spring. Through Project 351, youth develop confidence, compassion, and leadership and communication skills. In addition, Ambassadors have a chance to make a difference in their schools and communities.
You can learn about Project 351 here: http://www.project351.com/