Class of 2016
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March 20, 2015
It’s not every day you get to help organize the breaking of a world record, but you never know what kind of ideas students will come up with here at GSSM. It all started when my friends John Wood and Quinn Williams were talking one afternoon about building a fort out of cardboard boxes in the recycling bins. However, these cardboard boxes had to be thrown away, so John came up with the idea of making a fort out of blankets instead. This idea evolved into building a super long fort that extends the length of the hallways inside GSSM. After much talk and planning, this idea soon became a reality as we began working on how to go about acquiring 150+ blankets. We determined that the best way to do this was to accept monetary donations and purchase a bulk load of blankets all at once.
After a couple months of ironing out the specific details, the day finally came where we could pick up our massive order of blankets from Wal-Mart in Florence. We even had to take a GSSM mini-bus.
On Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., construction began! We started by taking chairs from classrooms and the cafeteria and lining them up in the hallway such that blankets could be draped over them and secured to the chairs with binder clips. All the way from the computer labs to North Lobby, we had 10 teams of 3-4 people responsible for building a section of the fort.
Around 1:00 p.m., we began measuring the fort for both length and surface area covered. At this point, we had smashed the record for length with a 765.8-foot-long fort, but we had not yet met the 250 square meter requirement for surface area covered. However, this was not a problem for very long. People started to bring down their own personal blankets by the armful! We set up additional chairs in North Lobby to completely cover the space, as well as built an extension of the fort into the gym. Not long after, we measured the extension to be 51 feet long, which brought our surface area covered to 257.6 square meters, which definitely surpassed our requirement!
We would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone involved in the blanket fort project, as we could not have done this without your help! This effort truly was a lot of fun organizing, building and seeing the collaboration abilities of GSSM’s student body. In the coming weeks, we plan to donate all of the blankets to charities in the Pee Dee area, as well as working with the Guinness Book of World Records so our record will be officially recognized. I sincerely hope that the trend of record breaking that GSSM has set will be continued in the future and that we will continue to see support for any future record-breaking attempts.