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Blind Brook Kids Break World Record for Carver Center

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Blind Brook Middle School made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records one spoonful at a time Thursday morning by breaking the world record for largest cold cereal breakfast.

The event was sponsored by Stop & Shop and is part of an initiative created by the Middle School's "Destination Imagination" organization called "I Scream for Breakfast." All money raised from the program benefit the food pantry at the Carver Center in Port Chester. Thanks to the efforts of the 324 students, Stop & Shop, in addition to donating cereal, milk, and juice, made a $5,000 donation to the Carver Center's food pantry.

Stop & Shop's manager of public and community relations, Arlene Putterman, said when the students from "Destination Imagination" pitched the idea to her she was immediately sold.

"We want to give back to the community, and support the Carver Center so when the Blind Brook students came to us we said we are in it to win it," Putterman said. "I didn't hesitate for a minute."

Back in January, students from " Destination Imagination" orchestrated a breakfast-themed flash mob that raised more than $1,500 for the food pantry.

"Destination Imagination" Team Leader and Blind Brook father Mark Levine said the idea came completely from the organizations seven sixth-graders.

"We went to the Carver Center to see what they needed and we realized their food pantry didn't have any breakfast foods," Caroline Levine said.

While the students said they were excited to be in the Guinness Book of World Records, they said the real purpose of the event was to raise money and awareness for the Carver Center.

"We really want to get attention for the Carver Center," Maya Finkman said.

Carver Center Food Pantry manager Tarin Gonzalez said when the students visited the Carver Center for the first time last September she hardly expected this.

"I never knew it would take us to where we are now," Gonzalez said. "These kids have come up with some great ideas and shown that the sky is the limit."

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