A WORLD record attempt is taking shape across the globe thanks to efforts from hundreds of Washington schoolchildren.
Usworth Colliery Primary School was the lead venue for an international clay modelling session held to raise money to provide libraries, books and learning facilities for children who do not have access to books.
Along with schools from the UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, local schoolchildren have been attempting to set a new record for the largest number of people making play-dough models at the same time.
More than 200 schools took part in the attempt, organised by North East teacher and education speaker Shonette Bason-Wood.
Shonette teaches at the school one day a week, using her ‘Dough Disco’ activity to help the youngest pupils develop motor skills and co-ordination which will help them when they start learning to write.
Money raised will go to charity Room to Read, which work with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills, encourage reading among primary schoolchildren, and support girls to complete secondary school.
“This Thursday is World Book Day and I’ve been inspired recently by my friend Fraser Baillie, who is cycling 40,000 miles around the world for Room to Read,” said Shonette.
“Dough Disco is probably one of the most popular videos on my website and so we thought, let’s see how much we can raise and if we can have a stab at the World Record to boot, even better.
“I was amazed just how many schools from so many different places wanted to get involved and now it looks like we have a chance not just of beating the record, but smashing it.”
The current record for the ‘Most people sculpting with modelling clay (multiple venues)’ is 250 and with more than 400 pupils taking part at Usworth Colliery alone, Shonette is confident the record breaking bid will be confirmed.