Pupils “jump the river” at Nolley primary school


Photo courtesy of local Manchester Schools

NEW FRANKLIN – For over 40 years, students at Nolley Elementary School have participated in the Jump the River event. Superintendent Shaun Morgan said the event is a running long jump, with students having to jump one foot and land on two while jumping over a “river” created on the gymnasium floor. Above, a student attending this year’s event held on November 24.
Coordinated by Nolley physical education teacher Kester Morr for students in grades one through four, the event includes students participating in a jump during gym class before the event to determine the finalists and finalists of each grade level, who then compete for the top spots during the main event.
Morgan said it was great to have a tradition that has continued for many years, with the event teaching students good sportsmanship and how to follow the rules of a competition. He added that the event brought together several members of the Manchester Board of Education, as well as state representative Bill Roemer (R-District 38).

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