Monday, February 1, 2010

Jumping for....

This morning the boys' school participated in an attempt to break the Guinness World Book of records for the greatest number of people jumping rope simultaneously. The whole student body of the San Francisco School participated from the first through the 8th grade. Rumor has it that this same thing was going on in a bunch of schools and work places all over California at exactly 9:00 in the morning on February 1st. The total count I heard bantered about this morning was 183,000 jumpers. That's a boat load of jumpers!

One of our PE teachers, Gilbert, got the school involved in this endeavor. He also got this cool shirt:

The kids have been "training" for the 10 minute sustained jumping since November. Henry was the most excited of my two guys - and then when he broke his leg he thought his chance to participate was over. Not so fast... Gilbert called the organizers and as it turned out Henry was allowed to "jump" by just stepping over a jump rope back and forth, back and forth! Go Gilbert.

The middle schoolers entered the green top with less enthusiasm than the elementary kids, but as we all know - middle schoolers still have a whole lotta "kid" in them and once the call to jump was sounded - smiles, smiles and more smiles.

The Fire Chief was there to verify the jumping. A reporter and photographer from the SF Chronical were there to document and interview. Of course, they zeroed in on Henry who kinda stuck out a little with the big cast and all. We'll see if he makes print!
But here's a photo of a bunch of them after the jumping was finished. My guys are in the photo somewhere. I just don't know where.

Here's to breaking the record. Congratulations California!

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