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Mighty Writers, the Philadelphia Literacy Nonprofit, to Set Student Writing Record During Democratic Convention Week

The goal: to shine a bright light on the city’s literacy and education crisis and to showcase the wonder of Philly kids.

Philadelphia,PA – July 2016 – Mighty Writers, the Philadelphia-based nonprofit that teaches students ages seven to 17 to think clearly and write with clarity, plans to set a new Guinness World Record for greatest number of kids writing at the same place and time.

The record-setting will take place TUESDAY, JULY 26, THE WEEK OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, AT 10AM, on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Some 3,000 students are expected to participate.

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“We want Philadelphia to be on the frontline of a new youth literacy movement,” says Tim Whitaker, founder and executive director of the seven-year-old organization. “The topic for our record-setting attempt, ‘If I were President.’”

Whitaker intends for the record-setting event to shine a bright light on the literacy crisis, not only in Philadelphia, but nationally. He hopes the event will expose business leaders, elected officials, delegates and tourists to the power writing holds to transform the lives of young people.

“You can’t live in this city without knowing great characters and stumbling into great stories,” says Whitaker. “We help kids tell those stories. Philly kids are bright, funny and they write with heart. Once they begin to think clearly, write with clarity and find their voice, their self-esteem soars and success invariably follows. We see it all the time.”

Tim Whitaker

Mighty Writers was  founded in 2009 with the mission to teach kids to think clearly and write with clarity. The organization offers free afterschool academies, writing workshops, teen scholar programs, mentorships and college prep classes at centers in four diverse Philadelphia neighborhoods. mightywriters.org

“… [Mighty Writers’] selection as one of the 50 finalists distinguishes it as one of the top arts-and-humanities-based programs in the country.” —President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, 2014 

Mighty thanks to our World Record sponsors!


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