Hervey Bay schoolchildren and author Andrew Daddo have set a Guinness World Record.
Hervey Bay schoolchildren and author Andrew Daddo have set a Guinness World Record.

Bay kids set world record

IT’S official – Hervey Bay school children have set the Guinness World Record for the most children reading aloud with an adult.

The 3706 students achieved the record in July with the help of author Andrew Daddo who was one of about 60 adults reading his book Skoz the Dog: All at Sea to groups of children in Urangan.

“I’m obviously thrilled, very excited that they chose the book and the whole endeavour was successful,” Mr Daddo said yesterday.

“Congratulations to everyone in Hervey Bay who took part. It was a really great fun day.”

Apart from the children attending Sandy Strait State School where the record took place, other children were transported to and from the site on 12 buses in a challenging logistical exercise.

One of the organisers, Kawungan State School acting principal Tom Bates, said the certificate from Guinness World Records arrived in the mail this week.

“It was a big day and it was a lot of work so it’s good to get official recognition,” he said.

The day-long, record-setting event on July 23 launched the Bay’s state school principals’ community engagement project designed to promote reading in the community.



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