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Schools help break Guinness World Record for jumping jacks
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Students from Julien Elementary School participate in the effort to break the 'most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period' Guinness World Record. - photo by JONATHAN MCCORKELL / The Journal

More than 5,000 pre-K to college students in Turlock participated in what is believed to be a Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

Nationally, more than 100,000 people joined in the effort, led by first lady Michelle Obama and sponsored by National Geographic Kids magazine.

Erin Hall of California State University, Stanislaus’ Kinesiology Department said the previous record was 20,00 in a 24-hour period and early confirmed numbers in California alone listed 26,000 participants. In Turlock, CSU Stanislaus Kinesiology was joined by the campus’ Child Development Center. Also, Walnut, Julien, Brown and Medeiros elementary schools joined Turlock High School in the effort.