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Sabrina L’Heureux said she recently received confirmation from Guinness World Records that her students in the Leadership class at the South Peace Campus of Dawson Creek set a world record this past June for the most number of people to play the game in the same location for at least an hour.

“It’s really a neat feeling to be able to say that,” said L’Heureux. “Mostly I’m just happy for the students who helped to organize it because they put so much work into it, and it would have been disheartening for them if we hadn’t beat the record or it wasn’t approved, so I think they will be really happy that all of their efforts paid off.”

The game was organized at the Pioneer Village on the afternoon of June 17. Students with the Leadership class had advertised for a few weeks prior to the event in order to recruit the 188 participants needed to break the previous record. Fortunately, more than 200 people came out to help shatter the record, and despite a torrential downpour of rain that afternoon, the game was a success.

The event was not just to break record however – the Leadership class charged participants $1 each to play so that they could donate those proceeds to the Salvation Army’s food bank. L’Heureux said she is so proud of her students and the organizational and leadership qualities

“One of my biggest goals was to get them involved in the community and work on projects within the community that serve a need,” she said.

L’Heureux is currently on a maternity leave until March, but she said when she returns she would be very interested in helping to organize another game to try and beat the school’s own record.

“We want to try to make it bigger and better every year to see how many people we get to come out and see how much money we can raise each year,” she said.

She added she expects to receive an official certificate from Guinness World Records in the near future, and that any participant in the game of hide-and-seek that day can also order their own, personalized certificate.

Grade 11 student Tristan Steinke was one of the students who helped to organize the game, and he said it is definitely a great feeling to be part of setting a world record.

“It’s a cool thing to be a part of,” he said, adding he was pleased to be able to raise money for a worthy cause in the community as well.

“I was a little surprised that we had as many (participants) as we did,” he added. “I wasn’t sure if we were going to break it or not.”

Steinke said it was his first game of hide-and-seek in more than a few years, but he really enjoyed running around Pioneer Village with his friends, even in the rain. He added he would definitely be interested in trying to break the record again in this school year.

“I think if we decide to do it again this year we might advertise sooner so that we can break our record, which would be kind of cool,” he said. 

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