Stay in School

Program Overview

Founded during the 1990-91 season, the Boston Celtics Stay in School program presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation is the longest running community initiative in American professional sports.

Partnering with the Boston Public Schools, the program recognizes middle school students for perfect attendance. In addition to receiving Celtics gear, students can earn invitations to special assemblies with Celtics players throughout the course of the school year for maintaining an unblemished attendance record.

The program year culminates in a large-scale carnival celebration where over 1,000 students are recognized for their achievement.


Writing and Art Contest

Stay in School

The Boston Celtics, in partnership with the Arbella Insurance Foundation, are celebrating the 25th year of the Stay in School Program. Annually we offer middle school students from the city of Boston an opportunity to showcase their talent by entering our writing and art contests. This year, in addition to those in Boston, we want to offer this opportunity to you!

If your school is within a 150 mile radius of the TD Garden, you’re eligible for entry. Twenty-five middle school students will be selected as winners from both the writing and art category and offered a chance to attend our end of year celebration where they’ll be recognized for their work.

There will be twenty-five prize winners selected from among all valid written entries, and twenty-five winners selected from among all valid artistic entries. A selection committee consisting of employees of the Boston Celtics and Arbella Insurance Group will select winners that best describe or convey what the word “Pride” or the word(s) “Perseverance”, “Respect”, “Integrity”, “Decisions”, and/or “Education” (PRIDE) means to the entrant. Each winner will receive two invitations to an end-of-year celebration on June 9, 2016 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.


Program Video

The Boston Celtics Stay in School program presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation rewards students for maintaining an unblemished attendance record throughout the school year.


Stay in School Events

June 9, 2016 - Celtics Host Year-End Celebration for Boston, Lawrence Students
Terry Rozier and the Boston Celtics collaborated with the Stay in School and Step Your Game Up programs to reward Boston and Lawrence students with a year-end celebration at the Reggie Lewis Center.
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February 23, 2016 -Crowder Connects with Students During Stay in School Assembly
Following the NBA All-Star break, Celtics forward Jae Crowder met with students at Sarah Greenwood K-8 School in Boston for a Stay in School Assembly, presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation.
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May 21, 2015 - Bradley, C's Host Stay in School Final Assembly
Avery Bradley and various members of the Celtics joined more than 1,000 local students at the Reggie Lewis Center for the Stay in School final assembly, presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation.
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March 10, 2015 - Zeller, C's Host Stay in School Mid-Year Celebration
Tyler Zeller, members of the Celtics and 800 young scholars gathered at the Reggie Lewis Center for the Stay in School mid-year celebration, presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation.
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January 13, 2015 - Celtics Host School-Wide Assembly at Mario Umana Academy
The Boston Celtics were off and running again on January 13, 2015 as they hosted the second school-wide assembly for the Stay in School program presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation.
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November 25, 2014 - C's host assembly at King Elementary School
The King Elementary School in Dorchester, Mass. was awarded the first Stay in School assembly of the 2014-15 program year for posting the highest improved attendance data, comparing October to November.
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March 3, 2014 - C's Host Event For Students with Perfect Attendance
In a two-part, mid-year event, more than 650 middle school students who displayed perfect attendance through the months of November to January joined guest stars for an assembly showcasing a range of professions that go beyond the scope of a traditional career path.
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January 14, 2014 - C's Host Stay in School Event at the Edison School
The Edison School in Brighton, Mass. was awarded the second assembly of the 2013-14 Stay in School program's season for posting the highest improved attendance from December 2012 to December 2013.
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December 2, 2013 - Stay in School Tips Off 23rd Year at Eliot School
Cheers echoed down Causeway Street on December 2, 2013, but it was not the applause of Celtics fans at the TD Garden. Instead, the applause came from the Eliot School, host of the first assembly for the 23rd year of the Stay in School program, presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation.
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May 23, 2013 - Celtics' Stay in School Program Honors Students
The 22nd year of the Boston Celtics’ Stay in School program, presented by Arbella Insurance, came to a culmination on May 23, 2013 when more than 1,000 middle school youth were honored at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena.
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March 25, 2013 - C's Stress Importance of Education to Students
Jackson Mann and Horace Mann, the final schools selected for an assembly for the 2012-13 season, showed their appreciation and excitement by cheering loudly when two of the newest Celtics, Terrence Williams and Jordan Crawford, along with Celtics captain Paul Pierce, entered an auditorium for a Stay in School assembly.
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February 27, 2013 - Celtics Host Stay in School Event at BTU Pilot K-8 School
Students from BTU Pilot K-8 School were in for a treat on February 27, 2013 when Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger, Legend Dana Barros and recently retired Celtic Keyon Dooling came to their school for an assembly.
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January 8, 2013 - Celtics Host Event at Murphy K-8 School
More than 600 youth from the Murphy K-8 School filed into their gymnasium on January 8, 2013 for a Stay in School assembly with the Boston Celtics.
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December 4, 2012 - Celtics Host Event at Timilty Middle School
The auditorium at Timilty Middle School was rocking with cheers from 700 students who took part in the Stay in School assembly, presented by Arbella.
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November 6, 2012 - Stay in School Kicks Off 22nd Year
The Stay in School program, presented by Arbella Insurance, kicked off its 22nd year at the Lyndon K-8 School.
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