Boston Celtics’ Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins and Justin Reed Team Up with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey to Read with Students at Farragut Elementary School

BOSTON, MA (April 7, 2005) - Boston Celtics' Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Justin Reed and Managing Partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck along with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey visited the Farragut Elementary School in Boston today as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. Pierce, Walker and Grousbeck were joined by members of the Celtics' All Star Reading Team, including Celtics legend JoJo White, athletic trainer Ed Lacerte, Shaw's Supermarket President Nicola DiFelice, Shaw's Supermarket Communications Manager Rick Tremblay, New England Baptist Hospital's Vice President of Public Affairs Erin McDonough, Fox Sports New England's Gary Tanguay, WFXT-TV Channel 25 meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz, WLVI-TV news anchor Frank Mallicoat and WHDH-TV Channel 7 sports anchor/reporter Wendi Nix, and Comcast CN8 sports anchor Ed Berliner.

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

The three Celtics 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," Perkins explained. "Children who enjoy reading will benefit both now and in the future, and will enable them to improve their writing and communication skills."

"Farragut Elementary School students are thrilled that the Boston Celtics and ReadBoston have selected our school and are committed to supporting literacy programs in Boston," said Rosemary Harmon, Principal of Farragut 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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