The Bright School celebrated the school’s Centennial Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 29. Bright School and Chattanooga Bakery, maker of world-famous Moon Pie® snack, partnered together and broke a Guinness World Records® title for the “World’s Largest Cookie Mosaic.”
The event took place in the Bright School gymnasium in front of hundreds of school staff, students, parents and volunteers. The record-breaking mosaic measured 1,358.51 sq. feet, more than triple the previous record held by Oreo® (mosaic = giant rectangular design made up cookies that must all touch).
Sara Wilcox, an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, was on site and pronounced the new record at 2 p.m. EST. Once disassembled, the Moon Pies were bagged and donated to The Chattanooga Food Bank and other local non-profits.
“We are so excited to have achieved what will be for most of us a once-in-a-lifetime feat,” said Kim Brown, Bright School’s Director of Advancement. “We wanted to do something memorable in honor of Bright School’s 100thbirthday, and what better way to celebrate Bright School and Chattanooga than with 16,000 Moon Pies? Besides,who doesn’t want to be able to claim that they were part of an official Guinness World Records achievement?”
Tory Johnston, V.P. of Marketing for Chattanooga Bakery, said, “While we’ve baked a single giant Moon Pie before, we’ve never attempted a world record. It was a site to behold! Bright and MoonPie were launched just 5 years apart, so we’re honored to have helped another Chattanooga institution celebrate 100 years.”
The Guinness World Records book is one of the most widely read books ever published. More than one hundred million copies have been sold in almost forty languages. Guinness World Records says it hears from tens of thousands of people each year who want to set a record. They reject about eighty percent of the applications. It requires that a record be "provable, quantifiable and breakable."