Rachel Kyler , Staff Writer
Flat Stanley, renowned world traveler and friend to
prominent figures like former US president Bill Clinton and
Rosie O'Donnell, recently visited Hershey. Michael Cook of
Hershey hosted Stanley's stay.
Cook provided Stanley with personal tours of Hershey
attractions, including Hershey's Chocolate World, the Hershey
Museum, and Zoo America. Locals were more than willing to
accommodate Stanley, according to Cook.
"I couldn't believe how many people knew about him," he
said. "I would just mention his name and people lit up."
Cook participated in the "Flat Stanley Project" after
receiving a letter from his niece, a second grade student at
Hayshire Elementary School in York.
The "Flat Stanley Project" was created in 1995 by Dale
Hubert, a third-grade teacher from London, Ontario, inspired
children's book by Jeff Brown.
"Flat Stanley" follows the adventures of Stanley
Lambchop, who wakes up one morning to find he has been
flattened by a bulletin board. Realizing the change has its
positive attributes, Stanley's family fold him up in an
envelope and send him to visit friends in California.
The "Flat Stanley Project" has students design their own
"Flat Stanleys" and mail them to people around the world. The
host treats Stanley as a guest and keeps a journal of his
adventures. When Stanley returns home with the journal, there
is information for the children to learn about other cities
"I can't say how much I enjoyed taking this little card
board man around," said Cook, "[and seeing] that there are so
many good people that will help you.
"It was a lot of fun. It would be nice if other people
could experience that."
The "Flat Stanley Project" began with 13 schools
participating in Canada and the United States; now there are
over 1,000 participants.
For more information on "The Flat Stanley Project,"
İHershey Chronicle 2004 Used
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