Part of Something Big: Breaking World Records

By Stephanie Rappe — Before our Christmas break the entire 3rd grade class went on a field trip to the US Cellular Area. The field trip was called Read it to Beat it.

The purpose for this field trip was to break the Guinness Book of World Record of having the most students reading together in the same place for the longest period of time. Our goal was to break the existing record, which was set in Korea and consisted of over 4,000 students reading together for 30 minutes.

The radio DJ, Van McNeal was there to help get the students pumped up to read. They played fun music and had the kids dancing and singing along. They had fun Milwaukee mascots roaming around such as Bernie the Brewer, the Milwaukee Wave man, and Bongo from the Milwaukee Bucks. The energy dance team, as well as well famous people like Ryan Grant from the Green Bay Packers, the Mayor, and Craig Counsel from the Milwaukee Brewers were all there to read along with the students. There were three read alouds that were projected onto the jumbo screen so that the kids could read along out loud with the celebrity reader. They had a presentation from the Audubon Nature Center who brought out large birds and showed them to the students. There was also a theatrical performance that the kids enjoyed.

Ultimately, we reached our goal.  There were 4,582 students gathered in the arena, and we all read together for 32 record-breaking minutes.

All of the students in attendance left with a free t-shirt, a book, and a few other things. It was a fun day for the kids and very cool for them to be a part of a World Record.

In other news, the season for the high school volleyball club that I am coaching is coming to an end. We’ve been practicing for about 2 months now, and are hosting a tournament at school this week. All staff are invited to play against the 3 teams that we’ve put together. It is amazing to see how much joy this sport brings to the student and the staff. Everyone takes it very seriously and every day I am astonished at the talent of some of the Hmong staff members. Our tournament is a mix of Hmong rules and American rules and has 6 teams total. It should be fun!

1 Response to “Part of Something Big: Breaking World Records”

  1. 1 Alyse May 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I was there!


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