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Benignus Elementary Jumps for Guinness World Record
Students, staff and new mascot join nationwide jumping jack effort
More than 885 students and staff at the Klein ISD’s Benignus Elementary campus joined in the National Geographic Kids magazine event to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. At 10:45 a.m. exactly, the Benignus Leopards jumped in excitement as they were led by their new mascot and campus administrators for one minute of jumping jacks.

“We wanted to do our part in supporting the President’s initiative to encourage students to get and stay healthy,” said Misty Kainer, Benignus principal. “This event aligns with the great things our P.E. staff does and we felt this was a great opportunity for our students to unite as a collective group and demonstrate the importance of good health.”
To break the record, more than 20,000 people worldwide needed to complete one minute of jumping jacks in events occurring between 3 p.m. ET October 11, 2011 and 3 p.m. ET October 12, 2011. “Let’s Jump!” supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, which encourages kids and families to get healthy and active. Mrs. Obama kicked off the 24-hour period with one minute of jumping jacks at the White House.

To be eligible to participate in the nationwide record, Benignus P.E. staff and PTO members put in a considerable amount of planning for the one-minute event. They not only organized a safe site for the students, they also had to secure volunteers in the community to serve as time keepers and independent witnesses of the event which included doctors, firefighters, police officers and other community members. 

As of Oct. 1,2011, the record was shattered as more than 30,000 jumpers were reported across the U.S., with California alone reporting 26,363 participants. Benignus was one of five schools in Texas to participate, and had the most in the state with 924 jumpers.

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