They say records are meant to be broken, even the one for “most people hugging soft toys simultaneously.”
Students and staff gathered at the Smoky Mountain High School gym in Jackson County on Friday morning to break that somewhat obscure category in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Jackson County School District Superintendent Dr. Kim Elliott said the record is several hundred. Elliott said Smoky Mountain High unofficially tallied 835 and believes that will be enough for a record.
It will take up to 12 weeks for the record to be verified by Guinness once all the necessary evidence is submitted, said Victoria Wlosok, the student who organized the Guinness World Record attempt.
Wlosok said the soft toys collected are scheduled to be donated to DSS, REACH and the local EMS department in Jackson County.