Celtics Host Annual Stay in School Assembly

BOSTON (Thursday May 24, 2012) – The Boston Celtics honored 1,000 Boston Public Middle School students at today’s 21st annual “Stay in School” end-of-year celebration at Northeastern University’s Matthew’s Arena. They were recognized for perfect school attendance and outstanding achievement in writing and the arts.

Celtics Legend Dana Barros, President Rich Gotham, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson and Executive Director of Sport in Society at Northeastern University Dan Lebowitz, congratulated the students for their achievements. Over 600 students were honored for perfect attendance during the 2011-12 school year, and 13 were cited for not missing a day of school during their three-year middle school careers. In addition, over 700 students received recognition for their outstanding writing and their participation in an art contest. Additionally 35students were honored as M.I.P’s (most improved pupil).

“The Stay in School program continues to be a great way for the Celtics to recognize the hard work and achievement of these outstanding students, as well as the teachers and administrators who help them to reach their goals.” Celtics President Rich Gotham said. “They have bright futures ahead of them, and I am proud to be here on behalf of the Boston Celtics to honor them for their efforts towards academic excellence.”

Additional attendees included Boston-based hip hop artist Lyrical and Celtics In-Arena Host “Coach” Willie Maye served as Master of Ceremonies.

The Boston Celtics “Stay in School” program, now in its 21st year, is collaboration among the Celtics, the Sports Museum of New England, Arbella Insurance Group and the Boston Public Schools. The program encourages students to achieve perfect, on-time attendance and recognizes outstanding work in writing and the arts.