Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Fuel Up to Play with Maurice Jones-Drew Day!

This past Tuesday, our whole school got to celebrate our award of a Fuel Up to Play grant sponsored by the NFL and the Florida Dairy Council. It was no ordinary celebration. As part of our reward we were paid a very special visit by our hometown Jacksonville Jaguars superstar football player #32 Maurice Jones-Drew. In true Chets Creek fashion we welcomed him BIG - there was music, banners, highlight videos, and cheers. Besides presenting our PE Coaches Estrella Bailey and Ray Robinson with a $1700.00 check Mr. Jones-Drew spent time talking with our Fuel Up to Play Fifth Graders and then the rest of the student body about eating right, exercise and the importance of determination. He was humble, kind and answered our students honestly, even when the questions were tough. I loved the fact that growing up he wanted to be an astronaut, that his favorite subject in school was Math, and that his childhood hero was his granddad! He had a great sense of humor and his message for our students was perfect - work hard, make good choices, never give up and you'll be successful at whatever you choose. I wish him much continued success in his future and he is welcome to come back to The Creek anytime!


Mrs. Patricia Wallace said...

He was sincere and down-to-earth. It was indeed a treat for all!

Anonymous said...

Mo-Jo was a class act! It is so nice to see somebody of his "staure" making the news for all of the right reasons! The kids were indeed awed.

As for me, the whole push for more physical conditioning and the focus on good nutrition is a natural. As a teacher, the endorphines created by exercize and the attention to diet keep me off of the shrink's sofa and have become an integral part of my life. Sanity through exercize is REAL, and it is never too late to start and to be a good role model!

GTG, my bike is calling and I must answer!