Boston Celtics’ Forward Al Jefferson and Rookie Gerald Green Team Up with Jamaica Plain Students for a Special Read to Achieve Event

Boston Celtics visit James W. Hennigan Elementary School as part of the Read to Achieve Program

BOSTON (April 10, 2006) - Boston Celtics forward Al Jefferson and rookie Gerald Green performed in a play with students from the James W. Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain today as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. Joining Jefferson and Green were members of the Celtics' All Star Reading Team, including team athletic trainer Ed Lacerte and Celtics Women's Group member Michelle Ainge.

"It's very important that children learn to love reading at a young age," Jefferson said. "We had a great time today meeting these kids and performing with them. Whether acting in a play with friends or sitting by yourself with a book, reading is a great form of entertainment and enjoyment."

Jefferson and Green acted out scenes from a play based on the children's book "A Bad Case of Stripes" by David Shannon. They also discussed their favorite books and the importance of reading in their lives and read with students from first, second and third grades.

"The students at the James W. Hennigan Elementary are thrilled that the Boston Celtics and ReadBoston have selected our school and are committed to supporting literacy programs in Boston," stated Eleanor Kearse-Perry, Principle of the James W. Hennigan Elementary School.

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