March 8, 2012Written by Amy Scalf Recorder reporter
— Flat Stanley gets around.
The popular book character, from “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown, is a young boy who gets squashed flat, but discovers his new form allows him to be mailed all over the world. As elementary school classes read the book, they are encouraged to create and send their own Flat Stanleys to friends and relatives in faraway places for a new adventure. The project also helps students develop letter writing skills.
A Flat Stanley from Isaiah Rush in St. Francis School in Newark, Ohio, visited Scott High School in February, via math teacher Diane Green. Isaiah’s Flat Stanley arrived in Taylor Mill dressed in Ohio State gear and wanted to tour Kentucky, especially a local math class, according to Kim Taney, community liaison at Scott High School.
“Mrs. Green brought Flat Stanley in to spend the day at Scott High School with the junior and senior Algebra 2 students,” said Taney. “The students were glad to see him and several commented on his nice Ohio State clothes. Several of the students reminisced about the adventures of their Flat Stanleys.”
The students sent Isaiah and his third-grade class a list of tips to succeed in school. Their list encourages the younger students to ask questions if they don’t understand material, to stay in school, pay attention, do homework and graduate.
While Flat Stanley was in Kentucky, he visited Big Bone Lick State Park, rode the Anderson Ferry and took pictures by
the Brent Spence Bridge.
Isaiah also asked Green to send back a Flat Stanley that represented the state of Kentucky, and National Honor Art Student Ellen Yates designed a Daniel Boone Flat Stanley to return with Isiaiah’s Flat Stanley.