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Legoland, St. Alexius children help set world record

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  • Owen Jordan and his mother, Lisa Jordan, of Arlington Heights, hug at a Legoland Discovery Center Chicago event at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. Three dozen children in the hospital's community helped set a Guinness World Record for having the "Largest Toy Construction Lesson" on Nov. 15.

      Owen Jordan and his mother, Lisa Jordan, of Arlington Heights, hug at a Legoland Discovery Center Chicago event at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. Three dozen children in the hospital's community helped set a Guinness World Record for having the "Largest Toy Construction Lesson" on Nov. 15.
    Photo courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center Chicag

  • Legoland Discovery Center Chicago's David Specha, left, works with Christian Gripper, of Hanover Park, top right in orange, and Thomas Wallace, of Carpentersville during a Legoland Discovery Center Chicago event at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.

      Legoland Discovery Center Chicago's David Specha, left, works with Christian Gripper, of Hanover Park, top right in orange, and Thomas Wallace, of Carpentersville during a Legoland Discovery Center Chicago event at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.
    Photos courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center Chica

  • Three dozen children at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, with the help of Legoland Discovery Center Chicago, set a Guinness World Record for having the "Largest Toy Construction Lesson" on Nov. 15.

      Three dozen children at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, with the help of Legoland Discovery Center Chicago, set a Guinness World Record for having the "Largest Toy Construction Lesson" on Nov. 15.
    Photo courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center Chicag

 
Daily Herald staff report

Children from the St. Alexius Medical Center community, including past patients, family and friends and children of staff members, joined children from around the world on Nov. 15 to set a Guinness World Record for having the "Largest Toy Construction Lesson."

Of the 287 kids that participated in the record, 36 were at the Chicago site at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. The local kids learned how to build a model Christmas train from Legoland Discovery Center Chicago's Master Model Builder Andrew Johnson.

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"Not only is it a fun way for kids to celebrate creativity and imagination, but they're also learning about teamwork -- coming together as a group and with children from across the globe -- to accomplish a single goal," Johnson said in a statement. "And that's pretty remarkable."

The event, which took place at 6 a.m. central time, was one of 10 workshops taking place globally on the same day at the same time. Other locations included Atlanta, Kansas City, Tokyo and Berlin.

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