Boston Globe: “Big ambitions for world peace”

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KAREN RIGGERT

From an October 5, 2014 article by Globe Correspondent Cindy Cantrell:

Ten years ago, fifth-grade teacher Betsy Sawyer formed an after-school writing club at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School. When a student proposed a group project that might qualify for the Guinness World Records, the group set out to create the largest book in the world.

Another book holds the record, but their accomplishment is impressive.

“The Big Book: Pages for Peace” now contains 1,080 pages featuring 3,700 pieces of artwork plus letters, poems, songs, photos, and advice from individuals whom the Bookmakers and Dreamers Club asked for their opinions on world peace. Responders include the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, the rock group Green Day, veterans, teachers, and students throughout the world.

Portions of the nearly 2,000-pound book will be displayed at a fund-raiser with several guest speakers Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. According to Sawyer, all proceeds will go toward building a display stand for the book and other components of an exhibit to be sent on a world tour.

The entire article is available on the Globe website.