Forsyth County 5th graders set to break world record

Kimberly Bond

(Forsyth County, GA) The end of the school year is extra-special for one class of Forsyth County 5th graders this year.

Dr. Beth Moody’s gifted 5th grade class at Poole’s Mill Elementary led a school-wide effort to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chain of recycled paper airplanes. Every student at Poole’s Mill worked together to help achieve this goal, creating paper planes to add to the chain.
Students at Poole's Mill led an effort to fold more than 9,000 paper airplanes.Photo byPoole's Mill Elementary School

Forsyth County Manager David McKee and Assistant County Manager Barry Lucas visited the school this week to measure the paper airplane chain and certify the official measurement so it could be submitted to Guinness. The chain was 9,091 paper airplanes long and measured an impressive 1,991 meters.
Over 9,000 paper airplanes filled the gym at Poole's Mill Elementary.Photo byPoole's Mill Elementary School

Dr. Moody’s class displayed promising leadership skills as they proposed the project to school administrators. They also learned about recycling from Keep Forsyth County Beautiful and taught all the students, even the very youngest, how to fold paper airplanes. Thanks to this display of thoughtful planning and teamwork, the students were able to come together to reach their goal.

The result is currently pending certification by Guinness, but the school and county are proud of the students for their effort no matter the outcome.

“Seeing how these students took ownership of this project, used critical thinking and worked together to make it happen really shows just how bright the future is for our community,” said McKee. “Assistant County Manager Lucas and I were proud to be a part of this record-breaking work the students made happen.”

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