HISD schools participate in attempt to set reading world record

Ninety-two HISD schools participated in Read Across the Globe on Oct. 19, an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of children being read to in a 24-hour period. The goal was to read the same book, “Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, to 300,000 children simultaneously.

Hundreds of generous Houstonians, including former First Lady Barbara Bush, volunteered to be a classroom reader, timekeeper, or witness of the event. Many HISD schools tweeted photos during the event, and you can see a collection of those at the end of this article.

Read Across the Globe was sponsored by a partnership among Points of Light, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Deloitte, and Volunteer Houston.

It will take a few days for Guinness to determine if the previous record of 238,000 students was broken, but we’ll let you know the results when we get them!

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