Myles Garrett makes surprise visit to Independence Primary

A moment of a lifetime happened for Independence Primary school students when Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett surprised fourth graders and staff on April 29. He was so impressed with the students’ mural created for their upcoming art show, he wanted to congratulate the young artists.

With the help of New 5 Cleveland, Garrett’s visit included time for questions from the fourth graders. Garrett concluded his visit with a walk around the building as students had an opportunity to say hello (with lots of barking sounds and chants of “Here We Go Brownies” in the hallways). It was a Cleveland Browns Spirit Day at the school, so students and staff were wearing their favorite orange and brown spirit gear with many “95” jerseys, Garrett’s number, lining the halls. Garrett also autographed a picture of himself on the mural.

An autographed helmet will be raffled off at the art show on Thursday, May 13 with proceeds going to the school’s art program. It will take place on the baseball fields at Elmwood Park, 6363 Selig Drive, in Independence. The rain date is May 14.

The show will feature more than 300 pieces of artwork created by the primary school students. Taking part in a three-week art class project, fourth graders showed off their Cleveland Browns’ spirit by creating an 18-by-10-foot mural of larger-than-life Browns’ players Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield and Garrett, as well as coach Kevin Stefanski. ∞