Speaker to give Marshall, area students jump start to staying off drugs

Monday, October 11, 2004

Mark Rothstein's jump ropes have taken him around the globe and tomorrow will bring him to Marshall for the fourth time.

Rothstein is a professional rope jumper and educator whose "Jump Against Drugs" program carries a message to be physically fit and choose positive, healthy alternatives to using drugs. He will present a pair of programs for students in the Marshall School District as well as other area students Tuesday.

Students from Marshall's Northwest and Eastwood elementary schools will hear Rothstein's message at 8:30 a.m. while Benton and Southeast elementary students will watch the show at 9:30 a.m. Both presentations will be held in Bueker Middle School's Harold L. Lickey Auditorium. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

Rothstein, a native of Atlanta, has been touring with his program for nearly 20 years, visiting over 5,000 cities and speaking to more than 5 million young people. Criss-crossing the country, and the globe, he has driven more than a million miles.

But Rothstein's real endurance records are for jumping rope. Most recently he set a world record by jumping continuously for more than 36 hours, logging more than 259,000 total jumps.

In previous demonstrations for Marshall students, Rothstein not only displayed a variety of jump rope maneuvers, but also made conversation with underlying messages about living a drug-free life, being physically fit, setting and achieving goals, being polite, being honest, showing courage and not giving in to peer pressure.

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