CHES Jumpers are the Jam!

Record Observer - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CHURCH HILL — Church Hill El­e­men­tary’s Pounc­ing Cubs Jump Rope Club held its an­nual Spring Show­case on Fri­day evening, May 13. Stu­dents demon­strated their skills with jump­ing in a va­ri­ety of styles: sin­gle, part­ner, long jump rope and dou­ble dutch. This year’s jump rope show­case was a 1980’s theme called “Our Jumpers are the Jam!”

Due to the size of the team they per­formed at Queen Anne’s County High School. There are 135 stu­dents in grades 1-4 at CHES who par­tic­i­pate in the jump rope club.

“The en­ergy, smiles and pride that the stu­dents dis­play is so pow­er­ful and in­spi- ra­tio­nal. I am so proud of all of our jump- ers, their de­ter­mi­na­tion, per­se­ver­ance, and sup­port for one an­other is so great,” said April Quigley, CHES phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher. Older stu­dents within the club have the op­por­tu­nity to also men­tor and teach younger newer mem­bers, said Quigley.

Stu­dents come be­fore school to learn jump rope skills, team­work, con­fi­dence and im­prove health and well­ness. Quigley said she started the club eight years ago with the in­ten­tions of pro­vid­ing a pro­gram free of cost that pos­i­tively im­pacts the youth.

“The out­come of this pro­gram has gone be­yond any of my dreams,” she said.

Quigley at­tributes the suc­cess of the club to her kids’ en­thu­si­asm and the 12 staff and par­ents that vol­un­teer their time to as­sist with the club.

“Not only did we have over 100 cur­rent stu­dents from CHES per­form, we have a large num­ber of alumni who re­turn each year to per­form one rou­tine. Ev­ery year the alumni truly touch my heart as they bring their pride and en­thu­si­asm for this pro­gram,” said Quigley, “They prac­tice on their own out­side of school hours cre­at­ing a rou­tine that sur­prises me and im­presses me ev­ery year.”

The Women and Girls Fund of Eas­ton also pro­vides sup­port for the pro­gram.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

135 stu­dents from Church Hill El­e­men­tary School par­tic­i­pate in the Pounc­ing Cubs Jump Rope Club.

Pounc­ing Cubs Jump Rope Club presents spring show­case at Queen Anne’s County high..

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Se­cond-graders Ben­jamin Guerra, left, and Vin­cent Shee­han, right, con­tem­plate their pur­chase of a mag­netic bot­tle cap crea­ture.

Build­ing team­work and con­fi­dence while hav­ing fun is what the Pounc­ing Cubs from CHES do.

CHES staff par­tic­i­pate in the Pounc­ing Cubs Jump Rope Club spring show­case at QACHS, May 13.

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