Canada did break the American participation record, on Family Literacy Day last January but, so did the Americans, leaving the Canadians in a runner-up position.
The previous 2006 record was, 78,791 and, this year more than 119,000 Canadians were documented as participants, in over a thousand libraries, schools and literacy organizations including groups in Northeastern BC.
Guinness World Records receives approximately 60,000 applications every year and, during Canada’s documentation process, it was verified that the U.S. organization, had set a new record, with more than 238,000 participants.” The annual event features children reading with an adult at multiple locations for 30 minutes, over a 24-hour period and it was held this year on January 23rd and 24th.
In Canada, three $1,000 awards were offered for non-profit community groups, with the highest number of participants…and three more for the schools with the highest percentage of participation, based on their student population.
The Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society, topped the list of non-profit group winners in the 11th annual event with 570 participants.