POSTED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 9:34am
Baton Rouge, La — The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has partnered with more than 25 schools around the country in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people reading a single book in a reading relay in one day.
Redemptorist High School students will read at approximately 9:57 a.m.
The Extreme Reading Relay, which will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012, is a national awareness campaign and fundraising event that will bring together more than 400 students in an attempt to break the current record of 415 people as noted on www.guinessworldrecords.com . The record was set by the Prepa Tecnológico de Monterrey high school in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 23, 2011.
In this historic celebration of literacy, students will demonstrate that all struggling readers can learn to read successfully and become lifelong learners. The participants will read The Sword of Darrow, a middle grade fantasy novel co-authored by Hal Malchow and his son, Alex. When they began writing the novel in 2002, Alex, then eight years old, was struggling with a serious learning disability and could not read at all. The family contributes all royalties from the book, which is available on the IDA’s website, www.interdys.org .
The IDA, based in Towson, Md., will start the relay at 9:00 a.m. EST at The Lab School in Washington, D.C., where Alex Malchow attended. Alex will read the first sentence of The Sword of Darrow to kick off the relay. Then, each student will read a pre-determined portion of the book and the next school will pick up where they left off. The event will finish at Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Md. later that afternoon.
“The Extreme Reading Relay is an empowering event for students,” said Kristi Bowman, Director of Development for the IDA. “These children have the opportunity to break a world record doing what they struggle with the most: reading.”
The event will be streamed live over the Internet for all the world to see. Each participating school will receive the video technology, the bandwidth to stream the event and technical support for free, courtesy of VBrick Systems, Inc., of Wallingford, Connecticut.