West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Education Division hosted “Jump with Jill” on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. Approximately 600 first graders from schools in Jackson, Pleasants, Wirt and Wood counties attended the event which took place in the WVU Parkersburg College Activities Center.
Jill Jayne is the creator of “Jump with Jill,” a rock and roll nutrition experience for children. Now in its 10th year, the “Jump with Jill” show has been performed for nearly 1 million kids around the world. The work has led to multiple Emmy Award nominations, two Telly Awards, and an invitation to the White House.
Jayne spent years as a mainstream recording artist with her rock band, including appearances on the Vans Warped Tour and the American Idol spinoff “The Next Great American Band” on Fox. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Jayne is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition education from Teachers College Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences and theater from Penn State University.
“The purpose of the event was to provide teachers in our partner schools with tools to teach children healthy living habits,” said Dr. David Lancaster, chair of the WVU Parkersburg Education Division. “We’re excited we had this unique opportunity to have ‘Jump with Jill’ on our campus.”
WVU Parkersburg hosted this event with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and WVU Extension Service.