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

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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.

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