MILLBURY, Mass. — Eighth-grader Lily Nguyen will represent the town and the Millbury Junior/Senior High School at the State House on Jan. 26 at the 351 Program celebrating volunteerism.
Project 351 is an independent non-profit dedicated to celebrating youth leadership, inspiring the ethic of service, and uniting the Commonwealth through an annual class of youth ambassadors.
The organization was launched during Gov. Deval Patrick's 2011 inaugural when more than 400 youth ambassadors united to serve, develop leadership skills and discuss issues critical to young people and their communities.
The students will hold a town meeting forum with the governor to discuss issues and then the students will be broken down into groups and participate in a service project in the city of Boston.
Nguyen was chosen because, as Junior High Assistant Principal Andrew Hall pointed out, she is a leader both in and out of the classroom. Hall said “she’s a good student, a hard worker and a good citizen. She’s done some extra stuff around the building as well, and just someone who is a good leader as well. So the teachers unanimously chose Lily, who always has this big smile…as you can see.”
Nguyen, who has been in Millbury’s schools since the third-grade excels in English and science, which also happen to be her favorite subjects. She also said she’s looking forward to volunteering for some projects around town and to meeting the governor next weekend.
Project 351 ambassadors are challenged to participate in local impact days of service throughout the year. Students may choose to perform their own acts of service or join ambassadors across the state through participation in a unity project.
Nguyen stated that an area that she is very interested in is protecting the environment. Nguyen, and Hall are going to work closely and possibly work a project with the high school’s environmental council.
They both spoke about the work one of the classes is doing with the Wheelabrator Group, putting together a greenhouse to grow fresh vegetables, which will be used by the school’s Life Skills program.