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Palmer Middle School tried to break the world record of jumping jacks Wednesday, Oct. 12 with 342 jumpers total. Palmer Middle School tried to break the world record of jumping jacks Wednesday, Oct. 12 with 342 jumpers total.

PALMER - Despite the flooding rain early Wednesday, Oct. 12, children from Palmer Middle School filed into the school gymnasium one by one to try and break the Guinness Book of World Records title for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. 

In order to break the record, more than 20,000 people worldwide needed to complete one minute jumping jacks in events hosted between 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.

A little after 8 a.m. two sets of students, with a total of 342 participants, jumped for 60 seconds each, part of “Let’s jump!” 

First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the 24-hour period with one minute of jumping jacks at the white house. “We like to do some fun things here to just encourage the kids to get active,” said Joanette Roybal, organizer, after the event.

Other supporters included National Geographic Education; the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; Macerich malls; National Recreation and Park Association; SparkPeople.com; Let’s Move in School, an American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance initiative; Flash mob America; Girl Scouts of the USA; We Can! (Ways to enhance children’s Activity & Nutrition) and Let’s Move Cities and Towns.

To verify the students jumped, each volunteer monitored 50 kids and filled out paperwork authorizing those students participated.

Roybal wishes to thank the following witnesses of the event: The Palmer Police Department, Pastor Dave Carlson, Cathy and Dickey Hartley and Photographer John Trojeck, Yearbook staff, all the teachers and staff helping make the day possible.

“With the last minute changes due to weather and music problems I think we did really well.  We had a lot of fun and the kids are great!” said Roybal.

Palmer Independent School District is currently awaiting word on whether or not they helped break a new world record. 

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