Boston Celtics Rookie Al Jefferson and Forward Walter McCarty Read with Students at Tobin Elementary School

BOSTON, MA (January 11, 2005) - Boston Celtics rookie Al Jefferson and forward Walter McCarty visited the Tobin Elementary School in Mission Hill today as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. Jefferson and McCarty were joined by members of the Celtics' All Star Reading Team, including Celtics legend JoJo White, athletic trainer Ed Lacerte, WCVB-TV Channel 5 news anchor Kelley Tuthill, and WHDH-TV Channel 7 meteorologists Pete Bouchard and Chikage Windler.

"Reading is a skill that children can utilizing for the rest of their lives," Jefferson said. "Encouraging kids to enjoy and love reading is something that is very important. Reading crucial for education and is also a great source of entertainment and enjoyment."

Jefferson and McCarty discussed their favorite books and the importance of reading in their lives and read with more than 90 students from first, second and third grades during a special Read to Achieve program.

"The more children read, the more they can expand their horizons," Lacerte explained. "Children who enjoy reading will benefit both now and in the future, and will enable them to improve their writing and communication skills."

"The Tobin School students are thrilled that the Boston Celtics and ReadBoston have selected our school and are committed to supporting literacy programs in Boston," said Cheryl Watson-Harris, Principal of Tobin Elementary School.

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