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Blandford works up a sweat with cup stacking
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Makayla Broome looks on as Garin Villeges and Brayden Maseda do a push-up for every cup they stack. - photo by Photo by Paul Floeckher

For the fourth straight year, Blandford Elementary School joined a worldwide effort to set a record for the most people participating in sport stacking in a 24-hour period. Last year, BES was part of a Guinness-record 555,932 stackers.

The sport involves stacking specially-designed plastic cups up and down in specific sequences in as little time as possible. BES classes in every grade level took turns stacking for 30 minutes at a time in the school gym.

Students stacked against the clock, competed in relay races and combined sport stacking with fitness challenges, such as alternating between moving a cup and doing a push-up. The activities are designed to promote fitness, strength, agility, coordination and teamwork.

β€œI like for my students to do this because this activity improves our hand-eye coordination and works our left and right brain,” said BES physical education teacher Suzanne Dasher. β€œIt also helps us understand teamwork and how important it is for you to do your part and support others who are on your team.”