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Franklin County 8th-graders visiting Boston today to participate in statewide community service project

Two dozen Franklin County eighth-graders will meet Gov. Deval Patrick and participate in community service projects around Boston today.

It’s the fourth annual “Project 351 Community Service Day,” named after the number of cities and towns in Massachusetts. Every school district was invited to select an eighth-grader from each town they represent, but some sent two students; a total of 378 will participate today.

The students — nominated by their teachers for displaying leadership skills, as well as a willingness and commitment to help others — will meet with the governor in Faneuil Hall this morning.

This year’s event will be in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday will be celebrated on Monday.

Students will then split into smaller groups and work at one of eight sites in the city: Cradles to Crayons, Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, Greater Boston Food Bank, Mason Elementary School, Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club, Mason Elementary School, The Pine Street Inn and Vine Street Community Center.

Students from Franklin County are: Lilliana Wells of Ashfield; Emily Raymond of Benardston; Ashley Walker of Buckland; Noah Cunningham of Charlemont; Kristin Slowinski of Colrain; Alexandra Boyden of Conway; Benjamin Litskoski of Deerfield; Samantha Kolodziej of Erving; Jimmy Vaughn of Gill; Colin Cloutier of Greenfield; Dawson Clark of Hawley.

Vega Johnson-Bouchard of Heath; Mouhamdou Sidibe of Leverett; Rebecca Rodgers and Cody Podlesney of Leyden; Aliyah Sanders of Millers Falls; Haley Jean of New Salem; Hannah Ray of Northfield; Grace Robichaud of Orange; Teya Nolan of Shutesbury; Dana McRae of Warwick; Aaron Hendry of Wendell; and Kelsey Jarvis of Whately.

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