Domino effect: Franklin Square students break record, help storm victims

Posted: Updated:
FRANKLIN SQUARE -

Two seniors at Franklin Square's Carey High School have gathered hundreds of donations for hurricane victims, and landed themselves in the Guinness Book of World Records in the process.

The feat was pulled off by seniors Frank Porcasi and Gabriella Fiumaro. They lined up row upon row of cereal boxes in their school gym, and mesmerizing video shows all of the boxes being toppled like dominoes.

In total, they got 2,859 cereal boxes to fall in domino fashion -- breaking the previous record of 2,686 that was set last year in England.

All of the cereal will be donated to help hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico. The cereal was donated by a supermarket, and the students also raised several thousand dollars to cover the shipping costs.

Aside from setting a new world record and making a charitable donation, it was also a great learning experience for the students.

"Going into this, we met with math teachers, we met with physics teachers, we really calculated out everything-- the area, the distance of the gym the spacing between the boxes, all the curves and we really planned it out perfectly," says Porcasi.

"I learned that just two high school students can make a world of difference," says Fiumaro.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Police release pictures of man wanted in Suffolk arson, burglary

    Police release pictures of man wanted in Suffolk arson, burglary

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:47 AM EDT2018-06-19 09:47:20 GMT

    According to police, the man set seven fires.
     

    According to police, the man set seven fires.
     

  • Officials: Man killed in Ronkonkoma house fire

    Officials: Man killed in Ronkonkoma house fire

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:42 AM EDT2018-06-19 09:42:32 GMT
    The fire broke out on May Court in Ronkonkoma just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.The fire broke out on May Court in Ronkonkoma just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.
    The fire broke out on May Court in Ronkonkoma just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.The fire broke out on May Court in Ronkonkoma just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.

    The fire broke out on May Court in Ronkonkoma just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.

    The fire broke out on May Court in Ronkonkoma just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.

  • Syosset facility housing 8 immigrant children taken from parents

    Syosset facility housing 8 immigrant children taken from parents

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:52 AM EDT2018-06-19 09:52:14 GMT
    MercyFirst is the only Long Island agency with a federal contract to take the kids.MercyFirst is the only Long Island agency with a federal contract to take the kids.
    MercyFirst is the only Long Island agency with a federal contract to take the kids.MercyFirst is the only Long Island agency with a federal contract to take the kids.

    MercyFirst is the only Long Island agency with a federal contract to take the kids.

    MercyFirst is the only Long Island agency with a federal contract to take the kids.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama at NYCB Westbury 3/18

    PHOTOS: Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama at NYCB Westbury 3/18

    Monday, June 18 2018 7:08 PM EDT2018-06-18 23:08:53 GMT
    Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama performed at the NYCB Theater in Westbury on March 18.
    Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama performed at the NYCB Theater in Westbury on March 18.
  • PHOTOS: U2 at NYCB Westbury 6/09

    PHOTOS: U2 at NYCB Westbury 6/09

    Monday, June 18 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-06-18 22:41:38 GMT

    U2 performs at the NYCB Theater in Westbury on June 9.

    U2 performs at the NYCB Theater in Westbury on June 9.

  • KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    KTUphoria rocks Jones Beach

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

    Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys and others were at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16, for KTU's KTUphoria.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."