Boston Celtics’ Tony Allen and Raef LaFrentz Read "Curious George" with Students from East Zone Early Learning Center

Allen and LaFrentz visit Dorchester school as part of the Read to Achieve Program

BOSTON (January 19, 2005) - Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen and forward Raef LaFrentz visited Early Learning Center East in Dorchester today as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. Joining LaFrentz and Allen were members of the Celtics' All Star Reading Team, including team athletic trainer Ed Lacerte.

"Encouraging children to develop a love of reading is very important," LaFrentz explained. "It is a skill they will utilize for the rest of their lives. Reading helps us expand our horizons, and enables us to learn about many different things."

Allen and LaFrentz read books from the "Curious George" series by H. A. Rey, discussed their favorite books and the importance of reading in their lives with kindergarten and first grade students from ELC East.

"The students from ELC East are thrilled that the Boston Celtics and ReadBoston have selected our school and are committed to supporting literacy programs in Boston," said Corrinna Holloway, Principal of Early Learning Center East.

About the Read to Achieve Program
The NBA and its teams have developed Reading & Learning Centers and Reading Corners in partnership with schools, libraries, and community-based organizations in order to provide fun and creative places for kids to go to read, study, or work on the computer. Reading & Learning Centers and Reading Corners are supported by the NBA and its teams on a year round basis through reading programs and activities, Read to Achieve program materials, book and magazine donations and in some cases, the complete refurbishment of a Reading/Technology room. To date, there are more than 100 Reading & Learning Centers and 150 Reading Corners throughout the 30 NBA markets. The Celtics have also opened two reading and Learning Centers in Massachusetts. The program, supported by locally by ReadBoston, is sponsored by New England Eye Center and Aquafina.

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