BOSTON (March 26, 2010) - Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and center Shelden Williams visited the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown today as part of a Stay in School assembly. They honored high-achieving students and encouraged all of the children to take pride in their classroom work. Prior to the assembly Rondo and Willams conducted a basketball clinic with students who have excelled in the classroom.

"This is one of my favorite programs because students need to recognize how important doing well in school is," Rondo explained. "By working hard and taking your school work seriously you can change the rest of your life for the better."

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 perseverance, R for respect, I for integrity, D for decisions, and E for education.

Now in its 19th year, the Boston Celtics Stay in School program is presented by Arbella Insurance and is a collaboration of efforts from the Celtics, the New England Sports Museum, the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the 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.