Meet "Flat Stanley" and Leeam Eaton..............
I had never heard of Flat Stanley before, but apparently he has been around for quite awhile. The Flat Stanley Project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade school teacher in London, Ontario, Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by school children to each other as they document where Flat Stanley has accompanied them.
The Project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students of other member schools who have signed up with the project. Students begin by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. They create paper "Flat Stanleys" (representative drawings of the Stanley Lambchop character) and keep a journal for a few days, documenting the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. Each student's Flat Stanley and its respective 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.
Well, Leeam is a young man we knew from Blue Fountain Farm in California. His Grandma, Wendy, keeps her two little mini horses there, Hoss and Little Joe (see their photo in the gallery below) and Leeam often came to visit them, (and Dory, too!) Leeam wrote to us and asked if Flat Stanley could visit us in Scotland and be our guest for a week or so. I'll tell you, Flat Stanley has been a busy fellow since he came here, and we have really enjoyed his visit!
Becca and John have been taking "Stan" everywhere they go, and he has had quite a few adventures. I was able to go along to a few of those places with them to document his travels, which means that I get to see some of my favourite places again. Stan has gone on volunteer days for the East Lothian Council to clean up the beaches, he has gone to the Lodge Grounds to enjoy the playground there, he has been in a forest of giant daffodils.......but I'll bet his favourite activity has been to be a "Laird for a Day"! We made a kilt outfit for him, and "Laird Stanley" visited several castles to oversee that all was well in his realm.
It has been a real treat for us to have Flat Stanley as a guest, but it has also been a privilege to help Leeam with this project. Thanks, Leeam, for entrusting your friend, Flat Stanley, with us here in Scotland!