Kendrick Perkins, Tony Allen and Marquis Daniels Encourage Students to Stay in School


October 16, 2009

Kendrick Perkins, Tony Allen, Marquis Daniels and Lester Hudson visited the Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan, Mass., on Friday as part of an assembly urging students to stay in school.

The appearance was part of the Celtics' Stay in School program, which is in its 19th year. The program honors high-achieving students and encourages children to take pride in their schoolwork.

?My teammates and I enjoyed talking with the students about getting the most out of their education,? Daniels said in a release. ?By working hard and trying their best in the classroom, these children can accomplish anything.?

More assemblies will follow during the school year, as Celtics players will deliver a special message to students that include the use of the acronym PRIDE — "P" for a positive mental attitude, "R" for respect, "I" for intelligent choices, "D" for dreams, and "E" for effort and education.

The Stay in School program is presented by Arbella Insurance, with help 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 the end of the school year, top students will be honored for academic achievement and perfect attendance.

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