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DC elementary students attempt to break bubble wrap popping world record

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It's something many of us can't get enough of. It’s something that has an everyday use, but goes way beyond the practical. To the kids at one D.C. school on Friday, it was no joke. They were trying to pop their way into history.

“It's going to be really cool,” said one student.

They are hoping to march onto the pages of the Guinness World Records.

Last fall, fifth grader Doug Cohen stood on a stage and campaigned to be student council president at Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest D.C.

“When I was running for president, this was my idea,” he told us.

“He came up with the idea and I thought to myself that is a winner of an idea,” said teacher Lisa Jensen.

Cohen wanted to break the Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at one time.

“Even the adults are like, ‘I want to pop a few,’” Jensen said.

Every bit of it was carefully orchestrated to meet the rigid requirements of Guinness.

Parents acted as stewards. It required a lot of planning and some willpower.

“I promise not to pop any bubble wrap until Ms. Jensen tells me to,” the students recited back to her while she spoke on a bullhorn.

Hearts raced and excitement built. They each had to pop slowly to preserve enough bubbles for the full two minutes.

They eventually did it.

“I think that they get an experience that they will remember forever,” said Jensen.

Soon bedlam ensued and the students jumped up and down on their bubble wrap to pop every single bubble.

The previous record was 532 people popping. The Lafayette kids totaled 643 people.

It still has to be verified. One thing is already verified though: President Doug Cohen is a man of his word.

“His mother was very serious,” Jensen said. “If you're going to make the promise, you got to make it happen.”

We asked Cohen if he wants to be a politician when he grows up.

“Maybe,” he told us.

What job would he want to have?

“Maybe president,” he responded.

He does have bipartisan appeal. After all, who doesn’t love bubble wrap?

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