Chicago teens created world record-breaking cereal mosaic in the colors of Ukrainian flag, raising money for Ukraine
Students from multiple schools of Chicago got together to create a mosaic of the Ukrainian flag to break a world record and raise money for Ukraine.
Using some 5,000 boxes of cereal donated by Kellogg’s, members of the Chicago Children United for Ukraine created a gigantic cereal mosaic on the floor of the Wintrust Financial Corporation’s Grand Banking Hall in downtown Chicago.
They used yellow Corn Pops boxes and blue Rice Krispies to recreate a depiction of the Ukrainian flag.
Kotcher, 15, and Shiffman, 16, decided they’d build their mosaic into the Ukrainian flag — and like the students in San Diego, who used their project to raise awareness about homelessness — would aspire to also help their local community in the process.
“We thought it would be a fun way to bring everyone together as a community and support the people of Ukraine,” Kotcher said. The students also created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Razom, a New York-based nonprofit Ukrainian-American human rights organization. The final mosaic, measured by independent surveyors, came out to 34 feet by 86 feet and required 4,932 boxes of cereal.
Those measurements will be used by Guinness to rule on records for the largest packaged food mosaic and largest cardboard box mosaic.
The cereal will be donated to a local food bank, while donors have pledged nearly $15,000 to the fundraiser so far.
“It’s just great because we’re helping globally and locally,” said Kotcher.