For Immediate Release
This summer! 3,000 Philly kids.
All sitting on the Art Museum steps.
All writing at the same time.
Mighty Writers, a Philadelphia nonprofit that teaches writing to Philly kids ages seven to 17, plans to break the Guinness World Record for most people writing in the same place at the same time.
The current record was set by 1,178 participants in Beijing, China, on September 6, 2013.
The record-breaking attempt will take place Tuesday, July 26 at 10am on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“We want to rally 3,000 Philly kids to show up the morning of July 26 ready to write and put Philadelphia at the vanguard of the literacy movement,” says Tim Whitaker, founder and executive director of the seven-year-old organization. “The topic will be, ‘If I were President.’ We know Philly kids will have more than a few interesting notions about that.”
Whitaker says Philadelphia kids are natural storytellers and that the record-setting event will shine a much-needed light on the literacy crisis and the power writing holds to transform lives.
“Philly kids are bright, funny and classically streetsmart,” Whitaker says. “They have great stories to tell. You can’t live in this city without knowing great characters and stumbling onto great stories. Our job at Mighty Writers is to help kids think clearly, write with clarity and find their voice. Once they do, self-esteem invariably follows. We see it all the time.”
Philadelphia students can register to help break the world record at mightywriters.org.
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