Boston Celtics Host a Special Read to Achieve Event and Historic Trolley Tour with Charlestown Students

Ryan Gomes and Leon Powe read with students from Harvard/Kent Elementary School and take a trolley tour through Boston's most historic sites as part of the Celtics' Read to Achieve Program

Read to Achieve

BOSTON (November 20, 2006) - Boston Celtics forwards Ryan Gomes and Leon Powe held a special reading timeout and took a historic trolley tour with students from the Harvard/Kent Elementary School in Charlestown today as part of the Celtics Read to Achieve program. Joining Gomes and Powe was a member of the Celtics' All Star Reading Team, including Director of Player Development Michael Crotty.

"Encouraging children to embrace the love of reading is very important," Gomes said. "It is a skill they will use for the rest of their lives. Reading helps us expand our horizons, and enables us to learn about and experience many different things."

Gomes and Powe read to more than 25 students from the Harvard/Kent Elementary School, while touring Boston's most historic sites, courtesy of Old Town Trolley. Gomes and Powe also discussed their favorite books and the importance of reading in their lives.

"We are thrilled that the Celtics and ReadBoston chose our school for this exciting reading event," Harvard/Kent Elementary School Principal Richard Martin said. "The students were so excited to be able to read and learn with members of the Celtics. It was an unforgettable experience for them."

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 is sponsored locally by New England Eye Center and Aquafina.

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