Boston Celtics’ Rookie Al Jefferson and Center Kendrick Perkins Perform a Play with Students at Philbrick Elementary School

Celtics Bring Read to Achieve Program to Roslindale to Stress Importance of Reading

BOSTON, MA (March 8, 2005) - Boston Celtics rookie Al Jefferson and center Kendrick Perkins visited the Philbrick Elementary School in Roslindale today to act out a play with students as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. Jefferson and Perkins were joined by members of the Celtics' All Star Reading Team, including Celtics legend JoJo White and WBZ-TV Channel 4 news reporters Joe Bergantino and Eileen Curran.

"It's very important that children learn to love reading at a young age," Perkins said. "We had a great time today meeting these kids and acting in the play with them. Whether acting in a play with friends or sitting by yourself with a book, reading is a great form of entertainment and enjoyment."

Jefferson and Perkins acted out scenes from a play based on the children's book, "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs". They also 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 get out of their education," White explained. "Reading is one of the most important things that children can do for themselves, because it will help them achieve their goals and dreams."

"The Philbrick School students are thrilled that the Boston Celtics and ReadBoston have selected our school and are committed to supporting literacy programs in Boston," said Stephen K. Zrike Jr, Principal of Philbrick Elementary School.

The NBA/WNBA Read to Achieve program focuses on promoting the value of reading and online literacy and works to encourage families and adults to read regularly to young children, Through the teamwork of the "NBA Family", we have read to thousands of children, distributed over 900,000 books and two million literacy magazines and developed 93 reading and Learning Centers and 78 reading Corners across the country. Locally, the Boston Read to Achieve features monthly read-aloud events at participating schools. The Celtics have also opened two Reading and Learning Centers in Massachusetts. The program is sponsored locally by Shaw's Supermarket and Aquafina.

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