It’s Official: UMS Students Help Shatter World Record

The numbers are in, and it’s official: Union Memorial School students’ participation in the October 11 global jumping-jack event helped to crush a former Guinness world record. Go, Champs!

UMS students help break a world record for jumping jacks on October 11

UMS Champs were among the more than 300,000 around the world who did jumping jacks within the same twenty-four-hour period. The previous world record stood at just 20,000—a scant 1/15th the new number.

As we previously discussed, 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 break the previous world record; numerous sources listed the official record at 20,425 jumpers in a twenty-four-hour period in March 2011.

Here’s a great video clip of the UMS Champs doing their part to smash the world record:


Organizations around the country that encourage and support healthy and active lifestyles for kids and their families were involved in the “Let’s Jump!” campaign, including Let’s Move in School, We Can!, and National Geographic Education. UMS students’ participation was fun for them, and it also fit well with Colchester School District’s wellness program.

Congratulations, Union Memorial School!

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