SF schoolchildren hope to break jump-roping record 

About 720 students, staff members and faculty at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco will be joining with 88,000 other Californians in a statewide, 10-minute effort beginning 9 a.m. Monday to break the “most people jumping rope at one time” world record.

Maureen Hayes, a gym teacher and jump site coordinator at Roosevelt, said pupils have been raising money for the American Heart Association and getting ready for the event. “Every student had to raise $1 to be counted for the record,” she said. “They’re also raising money above that.”

The money will be used to pay for pediatric heart surgery, medication and research, she said.

The event is hosted by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. More than 85 schools in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Solano, San Mateo, Marin, Napa and Monterey counties have registered to try to help break the record, now held by Australia, which had 59,000 people jumping at once. To break the record, 80,000 people must jump for at least three minutes straight. Each jump site needs at least two independent judges, and videos and photos of the participants must be provided to the world record committee. Strict record-keeping logs must also be submitted.

-Bay City News contributed to this report

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