Smack, crackle, pop!: Twin Lakes caps off celebration popping their way into the world record book

More than 900 students, faculty, parents and one otter (the mascot) have unofficially stomped their way into the Guinness World Records record book.

The group popped 17,500 feet of Bubble Wrap continuously for two minutes on May 22 to cap off a weeklong celebration of receiving the prestigious MESPA’s School of Excellence award.

“Twin Lakes proved that with hard work, incredible things can happen,” a press released from the school stated.


Dan Collins, Twin Lakes Elementary principal, said: “I am so fortunate to have the best student body, an amazing staff and supportive parents. What we accomplished as a school along with community support is something everyone can be proud of. This is a day not only for the record books, but I hope the kids learned to always dream big and with teamwork, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

Tricia Downey, Twin Lakes Parent Teacher Organization parent and event coordinator for the Guinness World Records said the excitement built for a number of weeks after a semitrailer pulled in with 70 bales of Bubble Wrap.

“The kids went crazy,” she said.

The current world record is held by Bramley Church of England Primary School with 532 participants, but once Twin Lakes’ effort has been recorded and made official, the Otters will slide into that spot.


Community effort

Witnesses and stewards from around the north metro volunteered their time to help confirm the attempt. Rep. Nick Zerwas, Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott, and neighboring Otsego Mayor Jessica Stockamp witnessed the counting process and ensured full participation.

More than 20 additional professionals carefully observed about 50 participants each, making sure everyone was popping continuously for two minutes, as the guidelines dictate.

“The kids have been beyond excited for days,” said Jennifer Wagner, mom of three Twin Lakes students. “I think it’s safe to say everyone involved walked away with a smile on their face and a memory to last a lifetime.”

Carpets of Bubble Wrap, donated by Sealed Air Corporation, were rolled out in 250-foot lanes. Each participant had about 12 square feet of popping pleasure in front of them to stomp, as well as a 1-by-2-foot sheet to pop in their hands. The sound was tremendous.

After the event, Coborn’s Superstore of Elk River picked up all the popped Bubble Wrap and transported it to a facility that recycles plastics.

Opened in the fall of 2007, Twin Lakes Elementary is a LEED Certified, energy efficient, green school that is committed to the recycling process.

Twin Lakes Elementary School is the first school in District 728 to receive the School of Excellence award, a designation that will last seven years.