Mohegan School in Shelton recently played a role in helping to set what is believed to be a new Guinness World Record.
About 300 students at the elementary school participated in Stack Up Day, a worldwide effort to set the record in sport-stacking, where people quickly stack and unstack plastic cups.
It appears that close to 560,000 people around the globe joined Stack Up activities this year, surpassing last year’s record of 555,932 people, according to the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA).
This included about 40,000 schools and youth organizations from the United States to South Korea, and Germany to Colombia.
On Nov. 13 at Mohegan, students spent about 45 minutes each by grade level hurrying around the gymnasium to stack and unstack cups. Most stacking took place on the gym floor, while some students worked on tables with timers.
‘They really enjoy it’
“They really enjoy it,” said physical education teacher David Blackmore, who coordinates the school’s participation in Stack Up Day.
“They learn the basics of stack patterns and how to use both the right and left sides of their bodies,” Blackmore said.
It’s a long day for Blackmore, with a lot of excitement, screaming and running by the youngsters as he watches over them. “It’s noisy, and my voice is gone by the end of the day, but it’s worth it,” he said.
All children, regardless of athletic ability, can participate in the activity.
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Three sizes of cups are used, ranging from the size generally used by people to drink beverages to super large ones resembling small buckets. Younger children use the super-sized cups.
Physical and mental benefits
With sport-stacking, participants must quickly stack cups in a pyramid in certain patterns and then unstack them, for at least 30 minutes.
Bob Fox, WSSA founder, said the activity can be enjoyed by all ages and cultures. “It promotes hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, and speed and fun,” Fox said.
This is the third year Mohegan School has participated in the Stack Up. Students from kindergarten to the fourth grade participated at the school.
In coordination with the local effort, Mohegan held a canned goods drive for Spooner House. Students were asked to bring in the food donations to help the local food shelter during the upcoming holidays.