Elementary Students To Participate in World's Largest Book Reading

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - World Teacher Aid (WTA) today announced its intention to break the Guinness World Record for "Largest Audience at a Book Reading by a Single Author" in May 2017. The organization will need over 5400 people in attendance to break the record, and is calling on elementary school teachers and parents across Ontario for support.

Teachers can register their classes in WTA's Write to Give program, where their students will learn how the power of collaborative storytelling can change the world. At the end of the program, students will celebrate their accomplishments with a world record attempt at First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.

"Attempting this record is a perfect way to celebrate Write to Give," says WTA founder Amy McLaren. "As a elementary school teacher, I believe the best way to teach children how to positively affect those less fortunate is through active learning. Write to Give teaches participating children the core constructs of storytelling and gives them an incredible sense of pride to see their words and illustrations come to life in the form of published books."

Enrollment runs now until December 31st at www.writetogive.com.

How it Works:
Founded in 2010 as part of Canadian charity World Teacher Aid, Write to Give teaches children how the power of collaborative storytelling can change the world. Working with four other classrooms, children write, illustrate and publish their own books. Proceeds are used to fund the World Teacher Aid Kenyan school initiative. Today, more than 118 books have been produced and the Write to Give program has grown to involve more than 12,000 students from around the world. Participating countries include Canada, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, England and the Cayman Islands

About World Teacher Aid:
World Teacher Aid is the brainchild of dedicated fundraisers Amy and Stu McLaren who, while traveling in Africa in 2009, identified an opportunity to give the gift of education to displaced and impoverished children in Kenya. Working closely with the Kenyan NGO, Volunteer International Community Development Africa, the husband and wife team has raised over $1.6 million to date resulting in the construction of 8 schools (5 primary and 3 high schools) and providing education for more than 3,000 students.

SOURCE World Teacher Aid

Image with caption: "Students show off their proud creation as part of World Teacher Aid’s Write to Give program. (CNW Group/World Teacher Aid)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161122_C1065_PHOTO_EN_823962.jpg

For further information: Contact Information: Jeff Fredericks, Springwater Communications, 647-963-6957

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