Ryan Gomes and Leon Powe Encourage Students to Stay in School During Visit to McKay K-8 School

Stay In School

Boston Celtics forwards Ryan Gomes and Leon Powe visited the McKay K-8 School in East Boston 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 Gomes and Powe at the assembly was "Coach" Willie Maye.

"Taking pride in their education is the most important thing a student can do," Gomes explained. "By working hard and trying their best in the classroom, these children can achieve anything."

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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