Stiemsma, Maxwell Help Promote Recycling

BRIGHTON, Mass. – With the United States accounting for 70 percent of the world’s solid waste, the promotion of recycling among the youth in our country is more important than ever. To that point, the Boston Celtics, in partnership with TD Bank, spent Monday morning at Edison K-8 School in Brighton, Mass., helping the school become “Green” as part of Helping Hands Day.

Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma and legend Cedric Maxwell joined 90 fifth-graders in the auditorium for a brief introduction outlining the morning activities.

“Greg and I are excited to be here with you all today,” said Maxwell. “Everyone should recycle and we want to make sure your school is equipped with necessary tools to do so.”

Students learned that they would be decorating 60 recycling bins classrooms in the school, landscaping the front lawn and painting murals with recycling themes to hang on the walls. The kids’ eyes lit up and they had broad smiles on their faces when they learned Stiemsma and Maxwell would be assisting them with the activities.

With the youth divided into three groups, they delved right in to the tasks at hand. Colorful images of inspirational quotes, Celtics banners and recycling symbols slowly came to fruition. Recycling bins were painted green and new flowers were planted around the flag pole, bringing color and a touch of spring to the area.

Stiemsma and Maxwell divvied their time among the three projects. The duo wasn’t afraid to get dirty as they dug holes for the flowers and painted the bins and murals.

“It’s important to host events like this,” said Stiemsma. “Recycling has come a long way in recent years and we want to ensure that the initiative remains a focal point. By going to schools and teaching kids different ways to recycle and why it’s important helps to foster this goal.”

As the projects came to a close, the students received a surprise visit from Lucky, the team mascot.

“I heard you all were working hard today to make your school ‘gree,n’ so I thought I would stop by and see the work!” said Lucky.

The youth quickly rushed to Lucky’s side to show him the panels that lined the gym floor and explain the other projects they had been working on.

“I think you guys deserve a reward for your efforts,” said the mascot. “Would you all want to see a dunk show?”

The students erupted into cheers as they awaited a dunk show from their favorite leprechaun. They weren’t let down as Lucky performed three dunks to loud applause.

With the Helping Hands Day event coming to a close, it was evident that the youth learned a lot about recycling and the Edison School was now a ‘green’ school.

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