$5 and an umbrella might get you in the Guiness Book of World Records

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Here's what you need to get into the Guiness Book of World Records:
  • $5 to donate to a charity run by a Shorewood student club
  • An umbrella
  • Less than an hour of your time on Friday, June 1st, starting at 4:30pm
Think of it as a planned and publicized flash mob.

The Schools for Kenya club at Shorewood is "paying it forward" to show its appreciation for the new Shorecrest and Shorewood high schools that are being built in Shoreline by building a school for children in rural Kenya through the organization Free the Children

Shorewood students in the club are aiming to raise $8,500 to build the school. 

Club member Majestic Spady says, "We've raised $6,000 so far, and our last fundraiser is to break the Guiness world record for the largest umbrella mosaic- an Umbrellephant - a mosaic of umbrellas forming an elephant."
"We committed ourselves to complete this project at the end of this year. We are close to our goal and going out with a blockbuster fundraiser," said Bethany Smith and Evan Levy, leaders of the club.

The club needs 2200 people from the community to come to the Shoreline Center at 4:30pm on Friday, June 1, 2012 to hold up umbrellas to form the shape of an elephant that can be seen from an aerial view.
"This is a fantastic club, said Sally Tonkin, Shorewood teacher and the club's advisor. "I hope the community will come support them, build a school, have a little fun and maybe we'll end up in the record books!" 


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