Second grade students in the classes of Carol Martin, Sandy Finley and Anna Merrick recently took part in the Flat Stanley Project. The project inspired by the Flat Stanley series of children’s books by Jeff Brown. In the first book, originally published in 1964, a boy named Stanley Lambchop becomes flat after a billboard falls on him. He gets into all kinds of adventures, many of which involve visiting friends by mailing himself in envelopes to places all over the world.
According to Wikipedia.org, a third-grade teacher in London, Ontario, Canada named Dale Hubert created the Flat Stanley Project in 1995. It was meant to encourage writing letters among the children. Students started by making paper Flat Stanleys, which they then mailed to children in various locations. Once the Flat Stanleys arrived, the recipients were supposed to keep a journal documenting what they did with Stanley and they usually took pictures to send back to the first child as well. The project resulted in Hubert receiving the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001. More than 6,000 classes in 47 countries reportedly participated in the project in 2005.
Merrick said the project is a great learning experience for kids because it not only encourages reading, but also teaches them about geography. One of Merrick’s students, Marshall Evans, said he sent his Flat Stanley to California and to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Autumn Stewart said hers went to Nashville and to Williamsburg, Va., where it got to see Colonial buildings. Dillon McIntyre said his went to New York. Zakiyah Manning and Payton Oliver’s Flat Stanleys both went on separate trips in Ohio. Chloe Holloway said she sent hers to Texas.
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