Allegheny Valley students eyeing record for cup stacking

Allegheny Valley Elementary School has raised the bar for the Parent Teacher Conference on Thursday.

It is going for a world record in Speed, or Sport Stacking.

The World Sport Stacking Association is hoping to beat last year’s record of 483,658 cup stackers in a single day and move the figure up to a half million worldwide.

Sport stacking is an individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. The stacking is considered a sport around the world.

AVES physical education teacher Holly Burt is organizing the event.

“The idea is two-fold. One, to help beat the record, and two, to provide an activity for any students that come with their parents for the conference,” she said.

She will be on hand to direct and supervise, and parents and guardians are encouraged to participate before or after their scheduled conference time. No experience is necessary.

Any student or adult that speed stacks sometime during the day for 30 minutes will be included in the count toward the sought-after Guinness World Record of “One-half Million People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.”

There are 46 countries, 37,804 schools and 54,206,378 cups in this year’s effort

The event will be held in the school’s library between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Burt said she is holding a three-week physical education class at AVES using a “loaner program,” which provides the official cups for a shipping and handling fee only. Burt said the class “increases reaction time and focus for students, and improves student perfomance in academic classes.”

For more infomation on Speed Stacking go to www.speedstack.com. There are also descriptive videos on YouTube.com.