Eighty-five boys and girls at New Jerusalem School in rural Tracy joined first lady Michelle Obama and people in every state and around the world in an attempt this month to have more people than ever before do jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.
Between noon Oct. 11 and the same time Oct. 12, participants kept up their jumping jacks for at least a minute nonstop.
Before the attempt, the Guinness record was 20,455.
Final counts are in the works. Unofficial reports, however, show that California alone had more than 26,000 jumpers, shattering the previous mark.
Totals from individual jump sites, recorded by official timers and witnesses, will be compiled by National Geographic Kids magazine and submitted to Guinness record-keepers, along with photographic proof and other evidence.
MH fundraiser yields $15K for hydrocephalus
A fundraiser walk and family day organized by a Tracy woman raised more than $15,000 for hydrocephalus reesarch in Mountain House this month.
The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation’s Walk & Family Fun Day at Central Community Park, coordinated by Kim Ruiz of Tracy, drew more than 200 participants. The money raised will help with research into the disease.
Ruiz, the mother of a 9-year-old boy with hydrocephalus, is the director of the foundation’s California chapter. In September, she traveled to Washington, D.C., with other PHF representatives and families and spoke about her son Joey’s experiences.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but if we keep up this momentum, we will accomplish all of the goals we set forth,” Ruiz said after the trip.
For information: www.hydrocephaluskids.org/wordpress/
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