I can't believe so many people have never heard of Flat Stanley. Considering I have "hosted" six various Flat Individuals in the past two years and I am a backwards skank-bag from Tennessee? Well, it's just surprising.
Anyhoo. Here's the story behind it.
The project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third-grade schoolteacher in London, Ontario, Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document what Flat Stanley has done with them. Dale Hubert received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001 for the Flat Stanley Project.
The Flat Stanley Project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students of other member schools who've signed up with the project. Students begin by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. Then they make paper "Flat Stanleys" (or pictures of the Stanley Lambchop character) and keep a journal for a few days, documenting the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. The Flat Stanley and the journal are mailed to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his journal, then return them both after a period of time.
Students may find it fun to plot Flat Stanley's travels on maps and share the contents of the journal. Often, a Flat Stanley returns with a photo or postcard from his visit.
In 2005, more than 6,000 classes from 47 countries took part in the Flat Stanley Project.
Now, you know. And knowing? As any GI Joe fan would know, is half the battle.
Don't make me explain who GI Joe is. I'm tired.