Delonte West and Leon Powe Encourage Students to Stay in School During Visit to Greenwood Elementary School

Delonte West and Leon Powe

Delonte West and Leon Powe encouraged students in Hyde Park to Stay in School.

Celtics players talk to students about the importance of taking pride in their schoolwork

BOSTON (January 11, 2007) - Boston Celtics guard Delonte West and forward Leon Powe visited the Greenwood Elementary School in Hyde Park today as part of a Stay in School assembly, honoring high-achieving students and encouraging all of the children to take pride in their classroom work. Joining West and Powe at the assembly was "Coach" Willie Maye.

"Getting the most out of their education is one of the most important things these children can do," West explained. "Hopefully these students realize that working hard in the classroom can help lead to making goals and dreams become a reality."

During today's assembly, and at other Stay in School assemblies throughout the academic year, Celtics players deliver a special message to students that include the use of the acronym PRIDE - P for positive mental attitude, R for respect, I for intelligent choices, D for dreams, and E for effort and education.

The Boston Celtics Stay in School program is in its 16th year and is a collaborative effort between the team, the New England Sports Museum and Boston Public Schools. At assemblies throughout the academic year, Celtics players will visit schools to help motivate students to work hard and stay in school, and at the end of each year, top students will be honored for academic achievement and perfect attendance.

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