Tony Allen and Rajon Rondo Encourage Students To Stay in School During Visit to Tobin K-8 School

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

Stay In School

BOSTON (December 7, 2006) - Boston Celtics guards Tony Allen and Rajon Rondo visited the Tobin K-8 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 Allen and Rondo at the assembly was "Coach" Willie Maye.

"Working hard in the classroom is the most important thing a child can do," Allen explained. "These children can achieve anything by taking pride in their education and doing the best they can in school."

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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