ROCKLAND — Superintendent Alan Cron and Principal Elizabeth Bohn are pleased to announce that a John W. Rogers Middle School student has been named as a participant for this year’s Project 351 service initiative.
Eighth-grader McKenna Maher has been selected as Rockland’s student ambassador for Project 351, which annually brings together one student from each of the 351 communities in Massachusetts for a year’s worth of community service, leadership development and civic engagement.
Founded by Governor Deval Patrick in 2011, Project 351 allows its student ambassadors to develop the skills and confidence to mobilize their schools and communities in various service campaigns. Ambassadors are selected by educators in their community based on their kindness, compassion, humility, gratitude and dedication to helping others.
Maher joined fellow ambassadors for the Project’s Launch and Service Day on Saturday, Jan. 18, to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Governor Charlie Baker, First Lady Lauren Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito hosted students at the celebration at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.
“McKenna has taken an active role in many facets of our school community, including Student Government,” Principal Bohn said. “She is well respected by her peers and the middle school staff for her work ethic and dedication to others. She embodies many of the qualities of a Project 351 ambassador, and we look forward to seeing her embrace the role in the year to come.”
Ambassadors have several opportunities to serve their community throughout the year, including collecting donations for Cradles to Crayons in the spring, honoring veterans at Memorial Day parades in May, partnering with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund to pay tribute to local and statewide victims of Sept. 11, and raising awareness, resources and food donations to restock the shelves of their hometown food pantry after Thanksgiving and in advance of the December holidays.
Since its inception, more than 3,300 Project 351 ambassadors have served more than 720,000 neighbors through youth-led service campaigns.