Gymnasts and cheerleaders combine efforts to buy spring board

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:56

The high school gymnastic team, the cheering squad and most of their parents joined together over the past 12 months to raise nearly $12,000 to buy a spring floor. Teams that tumble do so on either mats or a spring floor. There is a big price difference between the two in addition to both safety and performance. The floor is made up of over 2,000 springs which are each capped and attached to pieces of high quality composite boards. A second layer of composite boards are laid perpendicularly to the first layer. It is topped with a thick layer of foam, which is taped at every joint. About half the teams that compete with West Milford have spring floors. The girls and their parents raised the money by holding numerous bake sales and a car wash. They received the floor about a month ago and assembled it with the help of parents and siblings. The floor, which is 40' X 40' takes up too much room gym so the girls, who practice every day during the season, have to put together half the floor and take it apart each day.