Students attempt to break world record

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJanuary 17, 2014 

From the left, Eagle Glen Intermediate School students Marissa Bestal, 11, Molly Loman, 11, Payton Ball, 12, Bryan Wagner, 12, Ben Dixon, 12, Jhett Nelson, 11, and Lucas Tracy, 12, work to collect school supplies for students in need while attempting to break a world record Jan. 10.

BETHANY BASHIOUM/DEMOCRAT MISSOURIAN

The sixth-grade students from Eagle Glen Intermediate School who attempted to break a Guinness World Record by collecting school supplies didn’t quite make their goal.

Students in Stephen Rew’s language arts intervention class tried to break the record for the most school supplies donated in 24 hours.

“We thought it would be a really cool for us that we could probably break if we got the community involved,” Molly Loman, 11, said.

The record is measured in pounds and was achieved by Ayoun Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in April 2012, according to Guinness website.

Jeddah collected 8,860 pounds, 6.05 ounces, of school supplies within a 24 hour time frame. Most of the donated school supplies came from bulk donations by stationery suppliers.

As a class project, Rew challenged his students to find a world record title that they could attempt to break.

The idea was spurred after a writing assignment on how Kansas City Chief fans broke a world record in October for being the loudest outdoor sports stadium in the National Football League when they reached 137.5 decibels of sound.

An official from Guinness World Records said that Chiefs fans broke the record by less than one decimal from a game set by Seahawks’ fans during a game against San Francisco earlier in 2013.

The Raymore students made it their goal to collect 9,000 pounds of supplies.

In order for their collection to be eligible to set a record, students had to make plans for documenting each donation they received. Rew’s sixth-graders wanted to share the supplies they collected with students in surrounding schools who were in need.

Rew said their school usually makes up their shortcoming of supplies needed from the community-wide “Stuff the Bus” campaign, but this Eagle Glen received none.

Students held their donation drive at their school between the hours of 3-8 p.m. Jan. 10 and 8-3 p.m. Jan. 11.

They promoted the event by making short videos, fliers, posting information on Rew’s website, hosting a school assembly, and contacting local corporations.

“It took lots of planning and hard work,” said Chandler Brenneke, 12.

The time each donation was made, along with the weight of the item donated, was recorded.

In all, the students collected 1,438.8 pounds of school supplies as members of the community donated to the cause.

“It will benefit a lot of children,” Loman said.

Rew said the supplies collected will be kept in the local area and will be distributed to schools in the Raymore-Peculiar district through the counseling staff.

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