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September 20, 2006

Kristy Campbell
(850) 488-5394

Governor Bush to Join Middle School Students Across Florida in Attempt to Break World Record

Governor Jeb Bush will join more than 300,000 middle school students throughout the state on Thursday to attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ for the "Most People Reading Aloud Simultaneously in Multiple Locations."

The current Guinness World Record™ for the largest number of people reading the same piece of literature aloud, simultaneously, in multiple locations was set in 2004 by 155,528 students from 737 schools throughout the United Kingdom. On Thursday, September 28, middle school students will attempt to break that record via live public broadcast and webcast from the Disney-MGM Studios. During the program, Governor Bush will lead a statewide read aloud using an excerpt from the book "Peter and the Starcatchers," written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Governor Bush will be joined by Lt. Governor Toni Jennings, Commissioner John Winn, K-12 Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke, Ph.D., "Peter and the Starcatchers" authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and 120 middle school students from Howard Middle School and Southwest Middle School.

The excerpt students will be reading can be downloaded from the Just Read, Florida! website. To learn more about the Breaking a World Record: Reading Aloud!, please visit

The event will take place at:

10:45 a.m.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream Theater
Disney-MGM Studios
Walt Disney World® Resort
Lake Buena Vista

Satellite coordinates are:

AMC-2 Transponder 1
85 degrees West
Uplink frequency 1402 mHz (horizontal)
Downlink frequency 11720 mHz (vertical)

Directions: Enter the Disney-MGM Studios main parking lot (show this news advisory at the toll plaza for complimentary parking). Proceed from parking through security check to the main entrance of the park. At the ticket booths, look for Media Check-In. Media will be asked to sign-in to access the park and will then be escorted to the theater.