School beats world record for most backpacks stuffed with supplies, then donates them

Hadas Kuznits
September 08, 2018 - 5:47 pm
Lower Merion students participated in a backpack stuffing race for charity — and also attempted to break a Guinness World Record for stuffing the most backpacks with school supplies in the least amount of time.

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LOWER MERION, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Lower Merion students participated in a backpack stuffing race for charity — and also attempted to break a Guinness World Record for stuffing the most backpacks with school supplies in the least amount of time.

Lower Merion High School students planned out their strategy: "One person opens the bag. The next person puts in scissors and then passes it to the next person who puts in markers and rulers, notebooks, glue sticks, pencils, and then we count the bags and hopefully we'll get enough to break the world record."

About 400 volunteers participated in the backpack stuffing contest for a cause.

The number to beat was 3,000 backpacks, so the crowd only needed to stuff 3,001 book bags within 40 minutes.

Not only did they break the world record, they smashed it.

"So we have an hour to do it, and we did it ... around 15 minutes, maybe even a little bit less," said Lower Merion High faculty member Audrey Knoll. "We still have to triple check, but right now we're at 3,200 bags."

All the school supply-stuffed backpacks will be donated to Philadelphia community schools.