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February 5, 2013

Two city students named to governor's group

Among more than 300 eighth-graders helping Boston organizations

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“As a member of the Honor Society, we do service projects every month,” Veyli said. “During the holidays we collected a lot of food for local food pantries. It feels good to be able to help others, especially at my age.”

Nettle Principal Rossi said the school programs and projects Josh and Veyli are involved in are successful because of their efforts and those of their classmates.

Students are selected to participate in Project 351 based on their service and spirit and how they interact with others and contribute to the betterment of the school, Rossi said.

“We had one student last year who went (to Project 351) and he said it was a great experience,” Rossi said.

He said both students are exceptional in their academics, and their efforts during the school day contribute to a better school climate.

“They always go above and beyond and they present themselves as great role models to other students,” Rossi said. “If they see something that’s wrong, they aren’t afraid to come up to me or a teacher and ask to make things better for our school.”

Launched during Patrick’s inaugural in 2010, Project 351 is dedicated to celebrating youth leadership and inspiring young people to do community service.

“Project 351 is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate our next generation of leaders to give back and make a significant impact in our community,” Patrick said in a press release announcing this year’s program of service.

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