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MOGAS Volunteers Join with Local Elementary School to Break World Record

10/22/2015

MOGAS' first engagement with new community business partner Joe E. Moreno Elementary School was an international event with Read Across The Globe.

On October 19th, Read Across the Globe—an initiative that brings the power of volunteers together to impact literacy in our community—partnered up with Points of Light, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy FoundationVolunteer Houston and Deloitte to conduct a monumental reading event. This event was to highlight the importance of literacy and an attempt to break the GUINESS WORLD RECORD™ of having the most children being read to within a 24-hour period. The current record is 238,620 and the goal was to go past the 300,000 mark. Various cities throughout the U.S. and 30 countries around the world participated in this event.

MOGAS volunteers joined with school staff and other community volunteers to read to 35 classes of students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Part of the record validation process included taking photographic and video evidence, and verification by two independent witnesses. School principal Adriana Abarca-Castro commented: "What an incredible experience for all. An impact was made for the future and our scholars were the beneficiaries. I am certain we all changed the future! Thank you."

The process to validate the claim and claim a world record typically takes up to 12 weeks. Fewer than 5% of record-breaking attempts ever become a world record. Finger's crossed.

MOGAS volunteers with Lead Teacher, Linda Castillo, and Principal, Adriana Abarca-Castro.
A student head count is recorded by MOGAS volunteer Lauren.