WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It was seen all over the world. Now, winners of an online auction can display portions of the tallest LEGO Tower ever constructed in their homes.
In response to requests for chunks of the colorful plastic tower, the Red Clay Consolidated School District has set aside sections that were donated by corporate sponsors for sale, available at www.biddingforgood.com/RCEF. Proceeds will go to the Red Clay Education Foundation to support district schools and programs. Other LEGO bricks from the tower will be distributed to many of the district's 32 schools.
The district broke the existing record by more than six feet on the evening of Aug. 19, 2013, when Superintendent Merv Daugherty was lifted by crane to place the final piece on top of the tower – the district's little red schoolhouse logo. The tower measured at 112 feet, 11 ¾ inches high, shattering the previous 107-foot record held by the city of Prague in the Czech Republic.
A crowd of roughly 1,000 witnesses to history cheered when just a few minutes later the Guinness Adjudicator on site declared a new world record had been set by Red Clay. The tower made worldwide news, and generated more than 40,000 hits on YouTube and Facebook.
The tower was comprised of about 500,000 plastic bricks that had been donated by district families and corporate sponsors and weighed in at more than 1 ton. Sections were built by students in all schools, and during "build days" over the summer.
The tower was built as part of an annual theme the district adopts for "District Day," when all staff returns to school and hold an assembly. Assistant Superintendent Ted Ammann, who organizes the event, said this year's theme was inspired by a $117 million major capital improvement program currently underway.
Available: Photos and video of the tower and event, including construction, breaking the record and taking the tower down. Interviews available with the district superintendent or Ted Ammann, the assistant superintendent who conceived the idea and carried it to success.
The Red Clay Consolidated School District serves more than 18,000 students in 32 schools and charter schools. The 54-square-mile district covers New Castle County Delaware, including sections of Wilmington and north to the Pennsylvania border.
For additional information, contact
Pati Nash, public information officer, (302) 552-3716
SOURCE The Red Clay Consolidated School District