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Marvin Elementary students raise $9,000 for CFF

Charlotte Panther Jordan Gross, at right, came to Marvin Elementary recently to celebrate the school’s donation of more than $9,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Pictured, from left, are Principal Dr. Jay Jones, his daughter Olivia Jones, PTA President Karen Murphy, his son Ian Jones, CFF representative Gwyn MacMorris and Charlotte Panther Jordan Gross.

The children at Marvin Elementary School were greeted by a larger-than-life presence recently in recognition of their amazing accomplishment.

Charlotte Panther Jordan Gross visited Marvin Elementary in recognition of its donation of more than $9,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), the highest contribution from the Charlotte metro region in the history of the office.

Gross, a Pro Bowl offensive lineman and winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, visited the school with representatives from the Charlotte office of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

CFF funds research for treatment and a cure for cystic fibrosis, a cause near and dear to the hearts at Marvin Elementary School, as Principal Dr. Jay Jones’ daughter, Olivia, puts a face on the disease for the faculty and student body.

Jones spoke to students about Gross’s work ethic, community engagement and character.

Gross acknowledged the accomplishment of the students in raising such a sum in a week, and explained his partnership with the organization after the birth of his niece who was diagnosed with CF.

Gross also explained how his hard work, listening to his mentors, and focus on what needed to be done helped him reach his dream of playing in the NFL.

In response to a student’s question regarding his most proud moment in NFL football, Gross said that it is yet to come, as he anticipates a Super Bowl win in the franchise's future. Marvin Elementary School will be cheering him on.

Written by: Marni Menkin, Marvin Elementary School teacher
Posted: Jun 30, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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