Hundreds of local preschoolers help set Guinness world record

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hundreds of local children took part in the world's largest vocabulary lesson Thursday, setting an new Guinness World Record.

Children at Cincinnati Public Schools, Northern Kentucky Community Action Committee and Child Focus sat down with their teachers to learn several new words.

The 200 local children joined as many as 4,000 across the nation in 37 cities and 15 states to participate in the event, hosted by the PNC Financial Service Group.

"Pursuit of this world record is a great way to being attention to a serious issue--the importance of vocabulary for a child's success in school and life," said PNC Bank's regional president Kay Geiger. "A landmark study found that some at-risk children hear 30 million fewer words by age 4 than a child from a more well-to-do household."

PNC hopes this event will encourage parents and caregivers to give their children a chance to expand their vocabulary.

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