The Harbor School Students Earn Trip to Baltimore/Washington, D.C. for Winning Boston Celtics/Southwest Airlines Assists Community Service Contest

BOSTON, MA (April 28, 2005) - Ten eighth grade students from The Harbor School in Dorchester have earned a trip to Baltimore/Washington, D.C. after winning the sixth annual Assists community service contest, a partnership among the Boston Celtics, Southwest Airlines and the Boston Public Middle Schools designed to encourage students to create and implement projects that meet community needs.

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.

For their winning project, The Harbor School students helped out a total of three different charities during a four-month span. The students participated in a "Math-A-thon" to raise money for research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, collected 150 coats as well as other winter garments for St. Francois House, and conducted a toy drive to help provide gifts to children with sickle cell disease at the Community Sickle Cell Support Group.

"We are pleased to see all of the hard work these students are doing in their neighborhoods," said Rich Gotham, Celtics Executive Vice President. "It is an honor for the Celtics to continue to partner with Southwest Airlines and reward these children for their commitment to make a difference and give back to their communities."

The students from The Harbor School will travel to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area courtesy of Southwest Airlines on June 22, accompanied by a player from the Boston Celtics. 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 historical sites.

"I was impressed by the level of commitment shown by all the students who participated in this year's Assists community service program," said Christina Johnson, Southwest Airlines Marketing Manager, who also participated in the judging. "I congratulate the students from The Harbor School. They made a tremendous impact on their community through their project."

In addition to Southwest Airlines' Johnson, the judging panel included Liz Brunner and Heather Unruh of WCVB-TV, Jeff Glor of WHDH-TV, Mike Ratte of WLVI-TV, Kelly Malone of WBMX-FM, Steve Sweeney of WZLX-FM, Coach Willie Maye of Fox Sports Net New England, Tom Crohan of Senator Kennedy's office and Leigh Trimmier of the Boston Celtics.

The second-place team from Clarence R. Edwards Middle School of Charlestown will be rewarded with a pizza party with a Celtics player at their school. Each student on the third-place team from Patrick F. Gavin Middle School in South Boston will receive a Celtics basketball autographed by a member of the Boston Celtics and Celtics legend JoJo White.

The Assists community service contest is open to all eighth-grade students in the Boston Public Middle Schools. Students are encouraged to create and implement a project that meets the needs of a local community and its members and makes a positive impact in the community.

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