Clarence R. Edwards Middle School Students Honored For Second-Place Finish In The Boston Celtics and Southwest Airlines ASSISTS Community Service Contest

Boston, MA (May 23, 2005) - Boston Celtics forward Ricky Davis hosted a pizza party for 40 eighth-graders at Clarence R. Edwards Middle School in Charlestown today as part of the sixth annual ASSISTS community service contest. ASSISTS, a partnership among the Boston Celtics, Southwest Airlines and the Boston Public Middle Schools, is designed to encourage students to create and implement projects that meet community needs. The program is open to all eighth-grade students in the Boston Public Middle Schools.

The students from Edwards Middle School received second-place honors for their "Teddy Bear and T-Shirt" campaign, in which they teamed up with the Home for Little Wanderers. The students collected teddy bears and sold personally designed t-shirts to raise money for the children. The funds from the drive went towards buying toothpaste, toys, diapers, blankets and other necessities. Those goods were packaged with a personalized teddy bear and sent to the 6-month to 3-year old residents at the home.

"These students have done great work in the community and it is a pleasure to be able to reward them with this pizza party," Davis said. "Their hard work in helping the Home for Little Wanderers will leave a lasting impression on these kids."

"Ricky's pizza party is a wonderful way to honor these students for helping out in their community," said Christina Johnson, the Southwest Airlines Marketing Manager. "Southwest Airlines has a deep commitment to helping the communities we serve, and through the ASSISTS program we are pleased to offer local youth a chance to pursue worthwhile local projects in their neighborhoods."

A celebrity judging panel consisting of several local media personalities, community leaders and staff from the Boston Celtics and Southwest Airlines selected the winning team from among 13 entrants. Judging was based on the students' ability to (1) create an imaginative, unique project; (2) meet the deadline for submitting entries; (3) make a positive impact and meet a real community need; and (4) have fun by helping others.

A group of 25 eighth-graders from The Harbor School in Dorchester won the ASSISTS contest and earned a trip to Baltimore/Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest, on June 22. While in the nation's capital, they will meet U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, visit the National Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and tour other sites. The students will be accompanied on the trip by a player from the Boston Celtics. For their winning project, The Harbor School students helped out a total of three different charities during a four-month span.

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