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Cups of fun for world record

Alissa Widman Neese • Nov 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

The group tapped plastic cups and clapped their hands in near perfect sync, emulating a video inspired by the trendy song “Cups (When I’m Gone)” from the movie “Pitch Perfect.”    

It appeared to be simply good fun, but the effort was actually twofold: break a Guinness World Record for speed cup stacking, while also honing skills such as hand-eye coordination.


“It all seemed really fast at first, but not any more,” third-grader Weston Hickey, 8, said.

Rebecca Parcher, physical education teacher, and Denise Reilly, high school band director, collaborated to produce the performance.

To kick off the assembly, students entered the gymnasium carrying canned goods to donate to local food pantries. They filled five grocery carts from Schild’s IGA SuperCenter in Norwalk to maximum capacity.

The group then displayed several speed cup stacking drills for assembly guests.

Watch video of the cup stacking in the player below

“They’ve been working their entire body with this, especially their brains,” Parcher said. “It’s physical and mental. We also taught them the social skill of giving.”

Edison Elementary School will now likely be listed alongside many schools in the Guinness Book of World Records for “most people stacking speed cups at multiple locations in one day.” About 500,000 students participated worldwide.

Summit Motorsports Park donated the cups used in the event.

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