Buford school helps break world record for Simon Says

BUFORD -- To learn about a local world record attempt, Simon says keep reading.

Around the country, more than 15,000 5- and 6-year-olds raised their hands, stomped their feet touched their toes and spun in circles to best a world record.

Out of the thousands of Simon Says players at 1 p.m. Friday, more than 50 hailed from the local Goddard School for Early Childhood Development on South Bogan Road in Buford.

Owner Marijke Strachan said participating allowed the local franchise to "highlight the fact that when students play, they also learn."

Todd Haughton, corporate operations manager for Goddard Schools in the Southeast, said it was "an opportunity for the schools to focus on the importance of playing together."

Haughton said the past world record was 12,248 people playing Simon Says at the same time in multiple locations.

With more than 380 Goddard locations, he said the schools would soon secure a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records -- the 2012 edition.

Harmony Elementary School Principal Anne Marie Keskonis stopped by to act as witness for the world-record attempt. "I just wanted to help out however I could," she said.

The game began at 1 p.m. Friday and lasted for 10 minutes.

Each school was required to read and follow specific guidelines provided "to execute a Guinness World Records-eligible game of Simon Says."

According to its website, the Goddard School is a franchise system of accredited childcare centers "committed to providing quality preschool education that surpasses industry standards.'

For more about world records, visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com.