Local students help set Guinness world record

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local students helped achieve a new Guinness World Record.

Pre-kindergartners at Mill Creek Children’s Center participated in the largest vocabulary lesson. PNC Bank coordinated the event here in the Valley, and in 37 cities across 15 states and Washington, D.C.

Teachers read to more than 4,000 children and helped them learn new words. They were recorded by witnesses from Guinness and video cameras.

The activity is part of PNC’s initiative to help improve early childhood education.

“We have learned that vocabulary is a key component to the success of children as they grow up. Children with under-served families or communities, studies have shown that they are behind by 30 million words by age 4, so our goal is to enhance the awareness,” PNC Bank Regional President Ted Scmidt said.

The official count stands now at over 1,000 students. But Guinness officials expect that number to increase by thousands when all the evidence is officially reviewed.

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