Here is a cool project we developed to help celebrate the opening of our waterpark.



September 26, 2002
CONTACT: Megan Neher
(480) 998-2600




PHOENIX- More than 50 elementary school classrooms from across the state have signed up to compete in an exciting, educational adventure featuring the Flat Stanley Project and The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The resort will host the first-of-its-kind “Floatable Flat Stanley River Race” at its new water park at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, establishing one of the largest gatherings of Flat Stanleys in the world.

The Flat Stanley Project, quickly becoming a favorite of elementary school teachers everywhere, was inspired by  Flat Stanley, the 1965 children’s book by Jeff Brown. In the book, the fictional main character, Stanley, is accidentally flattened and discovers he is able to do many new things, including ride in an envelope. Students participate in the project by creating their own Flat Stanley and mailing him to friends and family throughout the world. When the Stanleys return to the students at the end of the year, they are accompanied by a diary of their travels, as well as souvenirs and other trip memorabilia. Project-related curricula can involve geography, math, social studies, reading and even technology.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has organized a fun event to celebrate the completion of its new water park and kick off statewide Flat Stanley projects for the 2002-2003 school year. Participating classrooms will work together to make their entries waterproof and floatable. More than 50 schools have registered a Flat Stanley and his floatable device in the race, with additional entries expected. Three third grade classrooms have been selected to act as spectators for the event.

“We are excited to announce the completion of our water park with this fun and interactive event for Arizona students. This event is an example of how we intend to establish ourselves as a part of Arizona through events and activities created to enhance our community,” said Bruce Lange, general manager of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

The new elaborate resort water park offers resort guests nearly 575,000 gallons of water fun, including two large pools, two whirlpools, a 900-foot-long flowing river and various water activities for children.

The winning Flat Stanley will be awarded a trip around the world compliments of Westin. He will be awarded first-class accommodations at several Westin hotels throughout the world and will return to his Arizona classroom at the end of the year with a journal describing his adventures. All students and teachers will be entered in a drawing for gift certificates redeemable at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Other prizes will include T-shirts, books and more.

For more information about the Flat Stanley Project, visit

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa features 735 rooms with 63 suites and 32 casita units; 160,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space; eight food and beverage venues; a full-service spa and fitness studio; an elaborate water park; Westin Kids Club®; and the 27-hole Kierland Golf Club, which opened in 1996. As an added benefit, The Westin Kierland is adjacent to and a short walk from Kierland Commons, one of the hottest new shopping and dining districts in the Valley.

The Westin Kierland is a joint venture among entities affiliated with Woodbine Development Corporation of Dallas, Texas; the Herberger Interests of Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cook Inlet Region, Inc., of Anchorage, Alaska; and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., of White Plains, N.Y.




Thank you for supporting the Flat Stanley Project.