Operation Patriot Paste

By Parkway South High School

Driving Question

How might we serve members of our community that get supplies from Circle of Concern (a local food pantry)?

Project Description

Circle of Concern needs a way to raise awareness and get personal hygiene supplies because they cannot be purchased with government assistance funds.

Three topics from three different classes were proposed, but it was senior Alex Wilson’s idea to combine community service with breaking a world record that was put into action.

“For me, it was hard to hear about the many veterans receiving help from the program,” Wilson said. “Learning that there are veterans in my community dependent on places like Circle for a can of soup and a toothbrush after serving our country struck a nerve, and I knew that I wanted to help raise awareness.”

We decided to collect enough tubes of toothpaste (1,800 tubes) to break the Guiness Book of World Records for the longest line of toothpaste and donate them all to Circle of Concern.

Community Impact

Getting a representative from Guinness was too expensive, so we had two United States Marines make an official tube count, a land surveyor make the official line measurement, and GoPro cameras and a drone to document the entire process of laying out all the tubes into the world’s longest line of toothpaste. Then we donated all the toothpaste to Circle of Concern.

In the News:

Students collect toothpaste to break Guinness world record

Parkway South community outreach project vies for Guinness World Record

Students’ generosity breaks Guinness World Record

World Record at South High, produced by Parkway School District


We realized that travel-size tubes could not be used. We were 498 tubes short of our goal. So we extended the deadline by two days. An additional 250 tubes were brought in over the weekend two more days later we had what we needed, with support coming from all over the community, not just our school.

Words of Wisdom

“I realized this was bigger than my class. This spread throughout the school and became a South community event. Word had spread to our elementary and middle schools. We rallied together to make this happen.”

– Joe Rhodes, Environmental Issues teacher

“This is very exciting. I can actually tell a story to my kids.” – senior Jayvonn Wade

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