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Stacy Conner and Joe Forte share a story with kindergarten students.
On Thursday, January 17, 2002, Celtics Co-Captain Paul Pierce, accompanied by others members of his All-Star reading team, visited the West Zone Early Learning Center at the Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain to read classic stories to kindergarten and first graders.

The children delighted in the reading of “The Kings Beard” by rookie guard Joe Forte, , and Paul Pierce’s narration of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”. Sharon O’Brien, wife of Head Coach Jim O’Brien, Stacy Conner, wife of assistant coach Lester Conner, Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte and COO/CFO Rich Pond also participated as All-Star Readers.

At the end of the session, the young students had an opportunity to show off their own reading skills as they read to their special guests. At Paul’s request, two first-graders read the Dr. Seuss classic, “Green Eggs and Ham” to the group.

The NBA’s Read to Achieve program is designed for teams to encourage reading amongst youngsters. This series promotes the value of reading, while helping to build a lifelong love of reading. It the most extensive educational outreach initiative in the history of professional sports. Each month, the Celtics All-Star reading team visits schools within the Boston area. While there, players, coaches, family and friends of the organization read and talk with children about the importance of reading.


Two talented readers show their skills to Paul Pierce, Rich Pond and their classmates.
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