It started as a trickle at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015. By 3:00 p.m. there was a deluge at Beecher Road School (BRS) in Woodbridge, Connecticut. It wasn’t rain, but it was over 150 students who participated in an activity jointly sponsored by the BRS Student Council and the physical education department called cup stacking.
Cup stacking is an exciting individual and team sport where participants of all ages and abilities stack and unstack specially designed cups in specific patterns. It is practiced in over 53 countries worldwide and involves more than 10 million students in more than 32,000 schools. Benefits of cup stacking include improved hand-eye coordination and reaction time, brain activation, fitness, teamwork and speed. Popular since the late 1990s, the sport holds World Sport Stacking Championships each spring. But for students at Beecher Road School, cup stacking is just plain fun!
Dr. Stella, Superintendent of the Woodbridge Public School System said, “any good school supports academic achievement. In addition, Beecher Road School has a special magic to it. This event brings magic, excitement, and teamwork to the school and builds community. I am so proud of the children and teachers, all of whom are givers.” Assistant Principal Analisa Sherman noted, “It’s clear that (students) have to have the concentration and dexterity to be successful at cup stacking.” One of the coordinators of the event, Sandra Simowitz, stated that she was so proud that there are students at BRS that care about their health at the same time that they take care of the community. Her comment refers to the fact that the eighteen early morning cup stackers brought non-perishable goods to school that were donated to the BRS PTO Thanksgiving food basket drive.
One parent noted that her children were very excited. Her older son participated last year and this year her daughter couldn’t wait until she was old enough to participate in the event as well. A student reported that, “It’s (Cup Stacking) very hard! The hardest part is stacking up. But I stuck to it and took it down in six seconds!” Another student said that it is important for kids to know that there is more to school than just work. “It (Cup Stacking event) makes kids from different grades get together while doing something fun. It makes you think that you can do this when you are older,” she said.
Still another student said that it is fun because you get to stack cups in different ways. And, a fourth grade student said that he likes cup stacking because he used to be slow at it but now he is faster.
Last year, 135 students at Beecher Road School were part of a worldwide attempt to break a record for “most people sport stacking in multiple locations in one day.” The record of 592,292 stackers appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records. This year’s goal is to create a new record of at least 610,000 stackers from all reaches of the world stacking for at least 30 minutes. While the results were not available at press time, 130 Beecher Road School students did their part, contributing to the count and hoping that it is enough to create a new world record.