Sebastian Telfair and Allan Ray Encourage Students to Stay in School During Visit to Hernandez Elementary School

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

Telfair and Ray

BOSTON (November 9, 2006) - Boston Celtics guards Sebastian Telfair and Allan Ray visited the Hernandez Elementary School in Roxbury 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 Telfair and Ray at the assembly were Celtics Dance Team Director Marina Ortega and "Coach" Willie Maye.

"It is important for students to get the most out of their education," Telfair explained. "Working hard in the classroom will help guide children to making their goals and dreams 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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