BOSTON - More than 400 eighth graders will convene Saturday at Faneuil Hall with Gov. Deval Patrick to participate in a day of community service, known as Project 351.
Since 2011, Project 351 has united eighth-grade ambassadors from every one of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns for a year's worth of opportunities for service and leadership development.
Each student was nominated by teachers in their school system for their leadership potential, exemplary service and embodiment of compassion, commitment, humility and kindness.
On Saturday, Gov. Patrick will meet with students at Faneuil Hall to launch a day of service celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Service sites include: the Pine Street Inn, Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club, Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, Vine Street Community Center and Mason Elementary School.
Project 351 encourages the student ambassadors to "unite, act, and lead" not just on the service day, but throughout the year.
Berkshire County eighth-grade Project 351 youth ambassadors, as confirmed by Project 351
Adams: Jordyn Carpenter, Hoosac Valley Middle and High School
Alford: Nolan Dupont, Mount Everett Regional High School
Becket: Jessica Warren, Nessacus Regional School
Cheshire: Jack Gibeau, Gabriel Abbott Memorial School; Kayla Garabedian, Hoosac Valley
Clarksburg: Benjamin Chesbro, Clarksburg Elementary School
Cummington: Mackenzie Sullivan, Nessacus
Dalton: Emily Cullett and Hannah Ronayne, Nessacus
Egremont: Finnbar "Finn" Chebatoris, Mt. Everett
Florida: Nathan Richardson, Abbott Memorial
Great Barrington: Olivia Jaffe, Monument Valley Regional Middle School
Hancock: Emma Szalewicz, Mount Greylock Regional High School
Hinsdale: Michael Fortin Jr., Nessacus
Lanesborough: Jessica Ryan, Cole Seaman, Mt. Greylock
Lenox: Marguerita Yee, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School
Monterey: Marya Makuc, Mt. Everett
Mount Washington: Sarah Beckwith, Mt. Everett
Otis: John "Richard" Stanmeyer, Monument Valley
Peru: Dane Campbell, Nessacus
Pittsfield: Makayla Hadsell, Herberg Middle School
Sandisfield: Brandon Messina, Monument Valley
Sheffield: Alexander "Alex" Murray, Mt. Everett
Stockbridge: Anna Grace Nimmo, Monument Valley
Tyringham: Samuel Johnson, Lee Middle and High School
West Stockbridge: Jackson Brex, Monument Valley
Williamstown: Tenley Smith, Mt. Greylock