CLARKSBURG — Clarksburg School eighth-grader Julia Jammalo, as an ambassador of Project 351, is joining nearly 300 other students in a statewide service project under the Project 351 youth leadership initiative.
On Monday, Jammalo kicked off her individual spring service-learning project to benefit Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization that supports children in need. With the help of her parents and a small group of her classmates, she will be collecting new and gently used children's clothing and shoes through Friday.
Two colorful donations bins, created by the students, will be located at the Clarksburg School and Clarksburg Town Hall, respectively. The public is welcome and strongly encouraged to donate.
Project 351 is a statewide youth-driven nonprofit service organization that convenes an eighth-grader from every city and town in Massachusetts. This spring, the group will engage 287 ambassadors and alumni to lead children's clothing and shoe drives at 323 service sites in 266 cities and towns across Massachusetts.
Jammalo began developing this project back in January, picking the organization because she felt a "strong desire to help as many local kids in need as possible."
On Friday, she and her team will sort and itemize the clothing to be donated for use.
"I have learned a lot through all the ambassadors I have met from across this state, and Project 351 has also given me a good feeling about helping others in need," Jammalo said.
Clarksburg history teacher Mark Karhan has been serving as Jammalo's mentor.
"She has exemplified unselfishness throughout her years at Clarksburg, and through this whole project," he said. "She has done this all on her own, with very little help from me at all. She has demonstrated a strong sense of how to involve community to help the community."
How to help ...
To make a donation, call the school at 413-663-8735. Learn more about Project 351 at project351.com.