Boston Celtics Host a Special Read to Achieve with Students from Perkins School for the Blind

Celtics players Kendrick Perkins, Eddie House, Bill Walker, Celtics Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck and Chair member of Perkins Trust and Celtics Women’s Group member Corinne Grousbeck visit Watertown school as part of the Read to Achieve Program

BOSTON (April 1, 2009) - Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, guard Eddie House, forward Bill Walker, Celtics Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck and Chair member of Perkins Trust and Celtics Women’s Group member Corinne Grousbeck visited the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown today as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. The group read with students utilizing special books that feature traditional printed pages and Braille pages.

"This was a wonderful opportunity to share the joy of reading with students at the Perkins School," Perkins said. "It is a lot of fun not just reading to the children, but having them read to us as well. It is inspirational that these students are able to overcome their disability and have a love of reading."

Three Perkins students joined in to read aloud from Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown. Slater Schuler, 10 of Braintree, kicked it off. Slater, who is deafblind, read aloud using an adaptive device that translates the braille text she reads into audio output. Michael Cote, a 12-year-old from Feeding Hills, MA, read next and Omar Jomaa, 13 of Watertown, also took his turn reading to the crowd assembled in the school gym.

Martha Majors, Assistant Education Director of Perkins Deafblind Program, was pleased that Slater participated. "We're so glad that the Celtics gave our students a chance to excel in such a public and positive way. Students who are deafblind have so many ways to learn and share their skills and knowledge, including using special high-tech devices to enjoy and read books aloud. A lot more is possible with technology now, sure, but it's really the students' sharp minds and their high spirits that shine through."

After reading with the students, the players discussed some of their favorite books and the importance of reading in their lives. Rob Hair, Perkins Lower School Education Director commented, “Of course it’s exciting for the students to meet the Celtics players. For these students, though, it means so much to know that everybody – even NBA champions – cares about reading and learning. To be honest, I think they kind of like showing off, too!"

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