ROCK BRIDGE: New Haven Elementary students join jumping jack record attempt

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 8:09 p.m. CDT; updated 11:38 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — New Haven Elementary School students took a potentially world record-breaking field trip to nearby Lenoir Woods Senior Living Community on Wednesday.

New Haven students participated in"Let's Jump!,"  joining others around the world trying to set a Guinness record for jumping jack participation. More than 20,425 people needed to jump for one minute within 24 hours to set the record, according to a news release from National Geographic

The event is coordinated with Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" project to help decrease childhood obesity. The "Let's Move!" campaign provides information on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in children's lives.

New Haven students in kindergarten through fifth grade walked to Lenoir Woods. They stretched near physical education teacher Jennifer Peterson before the challenge.

"Hey New Haven Stars, we're going to do our jumping jacks to help break a Guinness record before the rain," Peterson said to the crowd of excited students.

The students finished their minute of jumping jacks as raindrops began to fall on the pavement.

About 15 residents of Lenoir Woods sat outside smiling at the students and holding posters with messages reading "You can do it" and "Guinness world record." 

Dawn Houlditch, Lenoir Woods activity assistant, said it was important for students to do activities with residents. "It gives them the interaction with the elderly," she said. 

Peterson said she and her students might be interested in future world record competitions.

"We had fun doing it, so we might see what else is out there," she said.

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