A David L. Hoyt Education Foundation Initiative - Sponsored by Good City and The Chicago Community Trust
In Partnership with the 47th Ward Alderman’s Office, ArtReach at Lillstreet,
Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and North Center Chamber of Commerce
What is Word Play Way? We are going to create a massive word grid that families and neighbors will be able to engage with as they walk the length of the sidewalk. Letters will form words that are fun and appropriate for kids and tie back into the neighborhood. An artist will design a font, community members can help create stencils, and help install the word grid.
On Sunday, July 16th the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation along with the Chicago Public Library, set the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Playable Word Winder Board. "
We would like to thank Liz McChesney, the Director of Children's Services at CPL, and Brian Bannon, the Commissioner & CEO of the CPL, for making this event possible. We also give special thanks to Chicago's First Lady, Amy Rule, for attending the event and helping our Super Explorers set the World Record. A special thanks also to Make-a-Wish Illinois' newest kid superhero Super Black for attending the event as well as our guest judges Maya and Riya Joshi , citywide Spelling champions.
We also want to thank all of the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation's volunteers along with all of the wonderful volunteers and librarians from the Chicago Public Library, including our wonderful puppeteer Marilyn Price, our talented musician Rick Kelley, and our superhero cartoonists Jeff Knurek & Bill King for lending us their drawing superpowers for the day. We also especially want to give thanks to our two independent witnesses, Clifford Kroeter and Kevin M. Casey, and our expert surveyor Jerme Bentley for helping record our Guinness World Records record setting attempt.
We want to additionally give a SUPER special thanks to our very own superhero librarian John Mangahas for making this event a huge success and to our partners Sparkling Ice for their generous donation which allowed us to purchase the 20 games necessary to set the record, as well as their delicious water for our superheroes to replenish their powers.
Big thank you to all and enjoy!~
Super Black, Make-A-Wish Illinois’ newest wish kid superhero, will be joining us at the Chicago Public Library this Sunday as we attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Playable Word Winder Board. If you know any other superheroes send them our way. We need all the help we can to defeat Dr. Brain Drain!!!
We're a little over a week away from our "Super Explorers Set the World Record: Largest Playable Word Winder Board" on Sunday, July 16th at the Harold Washington Library's Winter Garden ( located on the 9th floor). The event will start at 1pm , with the record setting attempt beginning at 1:30. There will be craft stations and music for patrons to engage with when the GIANT [GIANT] Word Winder is not being played.
In order to set the record we are arranging 20 sets of the GIANT Word Winder game in order to create one GIANT [Giant] Word Winder Board and play Word Winder Sprint! We will play several rounds until we narrow down our winner! The GIANT Word Winders which will be used during this event (and afterwards find home in various CPL branches) were purchased through the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation due to an extremely generous $9,500 donation from the Talking Rain Beverage Co. (the makers of Sparkling Ice). With their kind donation we are one step closer to our goal of securing a GIANT Word Winder for every CPL branch.
We hope to see you there!
We are beyond thrilled to update you that we have secured a $9,500 donation from the Talking Rain Beverage Co., makers of Sparkling Ice, in order to donate 20 brand new GIANT Word Winders to the Chicago Public Library. These GIANT Word Winders will be used during the "Super Explorers Set a World Record: The Largest Playable Word Winder Board" on Sunday, July 16. This event is a Guinness World Record setting attempt and will feature library patrons from across Chicago. The games used during the event will afterwards find homes in 20 branches of the Chicago Public library where they will be utilized for various programming and community engagement. The David L. Hoyt Education Foundation thanks the Talking Rain Beverage Co. for their generous donation to our foundation and for helping support and champion literacy in the city of Chicago.
We are really excited to announce that we have won an Acting Up Award of $2,500 from the Chicago Community Trust in order to execute our community driven project , Word Play Way, in our neighborhood! You can find out more about it here.
The David L. Hoyt Education Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Public Library and Word Winder Inc. , is gearing up to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Playable Word Winder Board. The record setting attempt is a part of the CPL's award winning "Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge" and will feature kids from around Chicago. This year the theme for the summer program is Superheroes and what better way is there to show off your superpowers than by setting a World Record?
In order to set the record we are arranging 20 sets of the GIANT Word Winder game in order to create one GIANT [Giant] Word Winder Board and play Word Winder Sprint! We will play several rounds until we narrow down our winner! The GIANT Word Winders which will be used during this event, and afterwards find home in various CPL branches, were purchased through the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation due to an extremely generous $9,500 donation from the Talking Rain Beverage Co. (the makers of Sparkling Ice). With their kind donation we are one step closer to our goal of securing a GIANT Word Winder for every CPL branch.
The World Record-Setting Attempt will take place on Sunday, July 16 at the Harold Washington Library in the Winter Garden starting at 1:30 PM. There will be activities and entertainment stationed throughout the space, as well as the newly-renovated Children's Library. See the schedule below.
Schedule for Sunday July 16th
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Cape Making- in the Children's Library on the 2nd floor
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Welcome/Game Play- Winter Garden (WG)
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Music/Activity Break- WG
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
More game play/ activities/closing remarks-WG
For questions and details about the event or information about the games please contact our Executive Director Claire Haasl at firstname.lastname@example.org