On June 18, 2010, every student in the Belchertown School District played a game of Twister on the largest Twister Mat the world has ever seen. The Twister Mat was 42 mats long and 24 Twister Mats wide. Working with Twister Mats donated by Hasbro, Inc. Drew Gatesman and Michael Seward organized the event to kick off a fundraiser for a Boundless Playground.
The playground will be named Jessica’s Boundless Playground in memory of a 2009 Belchertown High School Graduate who passed away later that year. Jessica Martins lived with Rett Syndrome and required the use of a wheelchair. However, Jessica did not let her condition hold her back. Boundless Playgrounds are designed to include children of ALL abilities. They also accomodate parents and grandparents with disabilities to play with their children.
The event was amazing. It brought national attention to their playground effort. It engaged the entire town. There is no doubt that they will raise all the money needed for their new Boundless Playground. Below are different videos showing the event.
The question is what record can your community break to bring the same sort of attention to your playground project? The ideas are endless…
My favorite part of the project is that every hardware store in town ran out of white duct tape, as the volunteers taped together all those twister boards. For more information visit: http://www.worldslargesttwistermat.blogspot.com/ and http://www.jessicasboundlessplayground.com/.