By Mitch Evans.
Each year the John Glenn Middle School selects an 8th-grade student to represent our town as a Project 351 Youth Ambassador. This year, Miriana Spencer was chosen by Principal Kevin Tracey, on the recommendations of Guidance Counselors Renee Anderson and Marcy Beinhart, to represent her school and our town.
Project 351 is a non-profit, Massachusetts-based initiative launched by former Governor Deval Patrick five years ago. Its aim is to unite diverse 8th-grade service Ambassadors from every city and town in the Commonwealth for an inspirational year of community service, leadership development, and enrichment.
Over the Martin Luther King weekend this year, Miriana joined hundreds of other students from towns across Massachusetts at Faneuil Hall in Boston to launch this year’s Project 351 campaign. After taking part in a series of programs on topics such as enrichment, leadership, team building and high impact service; the students were then divided into groups and sent to various sites around the city to take part in a day of community service.
“I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to be part of this great cause. It was fun to meet lots of new people and amazing to be able to help out at the Boston Food Bank,” said Miriana.
But her work didn’t end there. This year’s Project 351 Ambassadors were then tasked with coordinating community donations within their own schools for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization that provides low-income or homeless children with clothing, shoes, and other items they need to thrive. After coordinating and promoting her clothing drive at school, Miriana collected over 75 bags full of donated clothing, plus boxes of toys and books. She would like to say a big “ …thank you to everyone in Bedford who gave items to help a great cause.”