CommUNITY Crew Renovates Technology Lab
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. – The Celtics CommUNITY Crew, in partnership with TD Bank, unveiled a renovated technology lab at the Kilmer School Thursday afternoon.
TD Bank volunteers from local locations joined Jeff Green and team mascot Lucky in the effort.
“In today’s day and age, technology is so crucial to student learning and growth and the Kilmer School previously only had six working computers to accommodate over 250 children,” said TD Bank representative Sean O’Brien.
For the first half of the event, TD Bank volunteers went into each classroom and presented a financial literacy curriculum to the students. Two lucky classes who had won an art contest prior to Thursday morning were part of the computer lab unveiling with Green, Lucky and O’Brien during this time.
As students entered the brand new computer lab, they peered around the room fascinated with the large wall graphics that featured several current Celtics players, a panoramic view of the TD Garden, an image of Lucky dunking, and Celtics logos.
Green joked, “If I only had a computer lab this nice when I was back in school, this is unbelievable!”
The 25 students sat at their computers, which were separated in rows of four. In an effort to illustrate the importance of technology, students participated in an online scavenger hunt that consisted of 10 questions. The four topics included information on Green, the history of the Boston Celtics and the City of Boston, as well as background information relating to TD Bank.
“Seeing the students so engaged while finding the answers and having the ability to use brand new computers was simply awesome,” remarked Green.
At the conclusion of the scavenger hunt, the four teams presented their information to their peers. The activity showed the students how much they could learn in such a quick time by using technology.
To conclude the unveiling event, the entire student body from Kilmer transitioned into the cafeteria for an assembly with Green, Lucky and O’Brien. Green spoke to the youth about his journey over the last year and a half and how he persevered through his diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat last year to becoming a key member of the Celtics team this season.
“Having season-ending (heart) surgery was tough. There were a lot of obstacles but I never let it bring me down. In fact, during my rehab I returned to Georgetown University to earn my degree,” said Green while receiving a round of applause from the audience.
After Green’s remarks, one student who participated in the online scavenger hunt during the computer lab unveiling shared his thoughts of the new space with his fellow classmates.
“The lab is really cool!” the student said. “The walls have Celtics logos and players all over the room and the computers are so fast and fun!”
Following the brief words of the young student Lucky shared with the audience the love for his job while mentioning he was once in the their shoes. Focusing on the power of hard work and dedication, Lucky emphasized to the students to never give up on their dreams.
As the assembly came to a close, Green challenged every Kilmer student to find 10-15 minutes each day to use a computer to educate themselves about something new.