5th North Eastern District Jump Rope Festival a success!

"This year was the best so far," stated one little girl excitedly as the 5th North Eastern Jump Rope for Health Festival came to a close.
The forecast was for rain but the 13 schools and close to 200 children that turned up at the Brooklyn Recreational Centre in Sangre Grande on Friday, February 20th were treated to a magnificently sunny day packed with loads of fun and entertainment.
The JRFH Festival has become a staple for the North Eastern Educational District with teachers and students equally excited about the opportunity to display their athletic prowess and creativity. "We really missed this event last year but the children were pumped up when it was confirmed that the event was coming off this year" stated one of the teachers. When approached, RBC gladly took the opportunity to sponsor this year's event and Mr. Darius Persad, branch manager for RBC Sangre Grande shared with the gathering the bank's commitment to support the healthy development of children and wished them all a fun filled day.
To start the day, CSDA took the opportunity to show their appreciation to Mr. Robert Fortune retired School Supervisor who supported previous events. The enthusiasm and preparation was evident as the 13 schools each took turns in displaying their respective routines providing wonderful entertainment throughout their displays. Shaunna Thomas, JRFH coordinator indicated that she saw significant improvement in the skill levels of the children this year and was pleased with the levels of creativity and athleticism that was on display.
The second half of the day included the inaugural speed jumping competition where each school selected one male and one female participant. Competitors had to try and complete the most amount of jumps in one minute while being judged by the UTT, ASLS students.  In the end Asiel Gonzales (165) of Tamana R.C. Primary School and Zariel Thomas (155) of Arima Girls Government Primary School, captured the boys' and girls' categories respectively.
Another feature of the day was a very interactive Health Education booth managed by the ERHA where students had the opportunity to complete some fun health quizzes and learn practically how to put together healthy meal combinations. Throughout the day students were hydrated with water  and juices provided by SM Jaleel.
"Sir, next year, I will win, Asiel would be leaving because he in std. 5 so I will win" shouted one of boys, with a huge smile across his face as the schools left.
Results of the speed jump competition were as follows:
1st -­‐ Asiel Gonzales (Tamana R.C. Primary School)-­‐ 149 jumps
2nd – Jameel Roberts (Coryal R.C. Primary School)-­‐ 146 jumps
3rd – Isiah Ramnarine (Guaico Presbyterian Primary School)-­‐ 136 jumps
1st  – Zariel Thomas (Arima Girls Government Primary School-­‐ 155 jumps
2nd -­‐ Makida Tahir (Coryal R.C. Primary School)-­‐ 145 jumps
3rd -­‐ Kenisha Hyppolet (Upper Guaico R.C. Primary School-­‐ 135 jumps

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