JAMMIN’ JUMP ROPES
By Janice Hausman
Beverly Community School Organizer
The ropes were flying as the Commerce Cougars, from Commerce Elementary School in the Walled Lake school district, recently showed off their jump rope skills to the students at Beverly School. The Cougar team, which is coached by the PE Teacher for Commerce Elementary Tanya DuBay and mom Eileen Harahan, amazed and inspired the Beverly students, who are developing their own jump rope routines in preparation for their upcoming Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event.
Cougar Coach DuBay encouraged the students to be kind to their heart through exercise. She shared that jumping rope is fun and great exercise – four minutes of jumping rope is the equivalent to running a mile!
The Cougar team, made up of 4th and 5th grade students, demonstrated many different types of jumping, from the arm cross to the can to the amazing double under (where the jumper swings the rope around two times in one jump!) The crowd loved the double dutch displays, where jumpers performed tricks within two twirling ropes. They jumped at double speed, twirled another rope within the double dutch rope and shot a basketball while jumping!
At the end of the performance, Coach DuBay invited two Beverly students up from the audience who had never jumped double dutch before. With a little bit of instruction, 4th grader Anaya Bracy-Robinson and Kindergartner Gavin Bradshaw were soon jumping like members of the Cougars team!
The Beverly students left the assembly abuzz with new ideas for jump rope routines for their March 1 Jump Rope for Heart event. Beverly has participated in Jump Rope for Heart for 17 years; last year, they raised over $7400 for the American Heart Association.
Click on the team picture below to see the Commerce team in action! Once you get to the site you will need to enter the password: jump to view the pictures.