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PMSA Students Garner Major Community Support in Breaking Guinness World Record

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students garnered major support from across the Proviso Community as they joined First Lady Michelle Obama and students around the world in the national fitness campaign, Let’s Jump!

Let's Jump! is the National Geographic Kids movement to get kids outdoors and to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle.  This week, people around the world joined together towards the same goal: to set a Guinness World Record® for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The challenge was to have more than 20,000 people from around the world jumping jacks for one minute. Efforts in the United States began at the White House.

“It’s pretty cool to be a part of something like this,” said PMSA freshman, Julie Ortiz. “We are a part of something that is happening across the nation, and we’re promoting a great cause.”

“It is an honor to join other people to break the world record,” said PMSA freshman, Gabriel Jones. “The fact that people are participating around the world is a great motivator. It’s an honor to do jump and jacks with the president and the first lady. Plus, we get good exercise.”

Between 3 p.m. ET October 11, 2011, and 3 p.m. ET October 12, 2011, PMSA students joined National Geographic Kids and First Lady Michelle Obama to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks. The students of PMSA were also joined by various community partners. Forest Park commissioners, trustees, Athletico, Dominican University’s soccer team players, and the Mayor of Forest Park, Anthony Calderone, all stopped by to lend a hand and to support the students in this international effort.

“I really wanted to support this event for a number of reasons,” said the mayor. “Most importantly, with PMSA being headquartered in Forest Park, we view PMSA as our partners in the Village. It is important for me, as the mayor, to come out and be a team player. Anything that I can do for the kids, I want to be here front and center.”

Throughout the day, the support for PMSA students continued to grow as students worked to become a part of the new world record.

“It’s been a real successful day for the kids,” said PMSA wellness teacher, Mrs. McCormick. “We have had some wonderful volunteers to come out and help. We couldn’t have done it without them. It has taken the whole community to get this done.”
Volunteers served as officials—counting students, counting jumping jacks, and timing each student’s efforts. Overall, PMSA students and the Proviso community came together to show that exercise can be fun—especially if you're breaking a Guinness World Record.

Great job PMSA students, and thank you Proviso Community! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.

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