Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday by having all PMSA students simultaneously read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on the morning of his birth.
PMSA Senior Brennan Burlock led the school in the reading of the
Gettysburg Address over the PA system
“Lincoln’s birth is a really important date to remember,” said PMSA Sophomore Patty Graf. “It was a good idea to use the Gettysburg address to reflect on how important Lincoln was to America. That document represents what America stands for.”
Some 400 students read aloud as the clock struck 9:30, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
The reading was to honor Lincoln's 200th birthday, but it was also an attempt to break a Guinness World Book Record for the largest simultaneous reading of a piece of literature.
This event was sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.
PMSA, along with other schools, businesses, and government entities nationwide, read the Gettysburg Address at 9:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for most people reading aloud simultaneously is 223,363 participants.
“The whole event was interesting,” said PMSA Senior Derek Ayeh. “I’d never done anything like this before. It was a neat way of celebrating Lincoln’s birth; and I hope we break that world record—that would be kind of cool.”
PMSA’s event was witnessed by the Mayors of Forest Park and Melrose Park, five village trustees from Bellwood and Maywood, and the Director of the Forest Park Library.