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Simon Says set a world record

September 29, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
More than 40 three-year-olds at the Goddard School in Boardman took part in a nationwide effort to set a new Guinness world record for the largest number of participants in a game of Simon Says. According to education director Luba Everitt, it could easily happen.

“We have 318 Goddard Schools throughout the United States,” she said. “We all took part at the same time.”

The record attempt took place at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Goddard schools in other time zones adjusted their schedules so it was all happening at the same time. In California, for instance, the Goddard schools were doing it at 10 a.m.

The previous record was 12,215. Everitt said the U.S. Goddard schools have an enrollment of more than 15,000, but the official number would depend on proper paperwork. Each school participating had to have a neutral party witness the Simon Says game. That person would then have to submit a statement to that effect with the date and time. All the statements will be submitted and verified before the final announcement can be made. The results will not be known for at least a week.

The nationwide Simon Says game is not new for Goddard. Everitt said the schools did it last year, but didn’t go after the world’s record.

“Last year we just did it for fun,” she said. “This year, someone decided to give it more meaning.”

She said the Goddard schools have long been in the practice of promoting learning through playing. They also want to ensure kids stay active to promote good health.

It was also a workout for Goddard teacher Elizabeth Stewart, who volunteered to be the caller for the game. She had to follow basic rules such as not exceeding five seconds between calls and not repeating the same sequence during a two-minute period.

“Whether or not we get the record will depend on the documentation for all the schools,” Everitt said. “We do have a good chance though.”

Article Photos

Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Sara Kravec and Gabriel Francis, both of Canfield, flap their wings as part of a nationwide attempt to set a Simon Says record at the Goddard School in Boardman.



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