74,000 plastic grocery bags make "A Whale in Water"
"We have unofficially broken the Guinness World Record," says CM/HS Social Studies teacher, Brandi Richards.
An official Guinness judge came to the school to verify the work that the students did.<
Civics classes at Calhoun High School collected plastic grocery bags to break the Guinness World Record for the most plastic bags used in a sculpture.
Students collected and individually numbered 74,000 plastic bags, many of which were contributed to the cause by the community. The previous record was 68,000 bags set in Singapore.
The sculpture is a large scale version of a whale in water, using only the counted bags and chicken wire.
Students spent months stuffing them into chicken wire, until finally a the giant whale took shape.
It was a sculpture to not only beat a world record, but to send a message about the importance of recycling and saving the environment.
Scientists say the oceans floors are being covered with plastic and trash.
Ms. Richards and the students offer "A big thank you to the community for helping break the record."
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