MILLBURY, Mass. — Eighth-grader Lily Nguyen from Millbury Junior High School represented the town at the Massachusetts State House on Saturday in Project 351, which celebrates volunteerism by young people.
Nguyen met Gov. Deval Patrick and New England Patriot Nate Solder as part of the program that celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and motivates the younger generation to give back and make a significant impact in the community.
She was chosen because she is a leader both in and out of the classroom, Junior High Assistant Principal Andrew Hall said. “She’s a good student, a hard worker and a good citizen,” Hall said.
As part of the event, the students held a town meeting forum with the governor to discuss issues and then were broken into smaller groups.
Project 351 is about kids helping kids in a statewide community service project. Eighth-graders from all 351 cities and towns in the state come together on a single day to perform a service project at five locations throughout Boston.
The five locations were Cradles to Crayons, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Pine Street Inn, Hennigan Elementary School and BCYF Community Center, and Amory Street Housing.
"I welcome Project 351 ambassadors from across the commonwealth to the State House as we unite in the spirit of service," Patrick said. “You need to know you are part of a community of servers. And take joy and pride in it. Because that’s how we will build a better world."