- Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Hundreds of student “ambassadors” from around Massachusetts are in Boston for a day of community service honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose life is celebrated on Monday.

The eighth-graders chosen by local educators to represent the state’s 351 cities and towns are participating in a program known as Project 351, a day of service.

Participants performed volunteer work at several schools in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood by early afternoon. They were later scheduled to serve at several nonprofit or educational organizations around the city before sitting down with the governor to reflect on a day of service.

Patrick envisioned Saturday’s event, which he called Project 351 for the number of cities and towns in Massachusetts, as part of his inaugural activities kicking off his second term.