Jumping with Jill at Norway

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

NORWAY – Summer vacation is just around the corner, but Norway Elementary School students were excited to be in school Wednesday for a performance of the “Jump with Jill” rock ‘n’ roll nutrition show.

Led by Hailey McDonell, performing as “Jill,” and Devon Watson, performing as “DJ Devy Watt,” students danced and sang along, all while learning valuable health information.

Messages included the importance of eating breakfast, consuming healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, low-fat milk, and whole wheat bread for long-lasting energy, keeping hydrated with water, and exercising.

Jump with Jill’s visit to Norway came about after physical education teacher Carli Kelly learned of a contest in which schools throughout the state were invited to submit videos about why they wanted Jump with Jill to come to their schools.

Kelly said that Norway’s submission video featured second grade students Blake Fleury talking about nutrition and Ashlyn Bal talking about her experience on a dairy farm.

Norway was chosen as one of 35 schools in Michigan, and one of only two in the Upper Peninsula, to win a spot on the spring 2014 Drink Milk for Life Jump with Jill Tour. Blesch Intermediate School in Menominee also won a spot.

McDonell, a Detroit-area native, was happy to be in the Upper Peninsula in order to spread the word about good nutrition in a high-energy fashion.

“We just want to get kids excited about making healthier choices,” she said.

Created by registered dietician and musician Jill Jayne,

Jump with Jill consists of several different casts that tour the country to perform live at school assemblies, public events, and conferences. McDonell and Watson are the Midwest cast.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.