Union Memorial School’s physical education teacher, Rob Traquair, organized a jumping-jack event on October 11 for each of the school’s recesses as part of a national campaign to break a Guinness world record.
The campaign, called Let’s Jump!, was spearheaded by the National Recreation and Park Association and National Geographic Kids. Between 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on October 11 and 3:00 p.m. EST on October 12, people all around the world participated in the event, which involved doing one minute of jumping jacks. The goal was to amass more than twenty thousand participants worldwide to participate in order to break a world record; numerous sources listed the official record at 20,425 jumpers in a twenty-four-hour period in March 2011.
Other organizations around the country, such as Let’s Move in School, Team Up for a Healthy America, We Can!, National Geographic Education, and a host of others were also involved in the “Let’s Jump!” campaign. All of these groups encourage and support healthy and active lifestyles for kids and their families. Such initiatives also fit well with Colchester School District’s Wellness Program.
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