Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Visitor Welcomed to Belgium

I wish I had a greenback for every Flat Stanley we’ve hosted here.

Who’s Flat Stanley you ask? You’re joking, right?
Sounds like a Bob the Builder tool doesn’t it? It’s not.

The basic principle of The Flat Stanley Project is to connect students with a willing participant in another location for the purpose of education. Flat Stanley travels to far reaches of the globe, returning with information about the areas visited. The project essentially begins by sending out "flat" visitors from a classroom, through the mail. Kids then talk about, track, or write about their flat character's journey and adventures.
We’ve welcomed numerous Flat Stanley’s to our threshold over the last 10 years. So many in fact that when we return to the US next year I want a written exemption from this project!

Our first Flat Stanley project was done in the early 2000s, when we took photos in Williamsburg for our niece. I have no intention of digging those up for you here. But I did saunter across these….

Flat Stanley in the Netherlands
 Flat Stanley in London

 Flat Stanley in Spain
 Flat Stanley "Bear" in Guam

Nowadays, there is a Flat Stanley website, aps, and of course, Photoshop J
But we prefer to do it the ol’ fashioned way. Pack that ‘kid’ up and schlep it too as many new places as possible!

 Personally I absolutely believe in this project when it’s done well. There are all too many kids in the United States who, for one reason or another, never have the opportunity to step foot outside their own hometown or state. We’ve come to realize, in our travels that it’s really important, on so many levels, for people to know and understand that the world is bigger than their own backyard. This is just one small step in that forward direction for kids and we’ll support 1000 more Flat Stanley projects if asked. (Ugh. That would be a lot though and I might actually have to invest in Photoshop then.)

I digress. Hopping down from the soapbox, let's move to the introduction shall we?
We’re quite thrilled to welcome the newest Flat Stanley project to our doorstep.
Meet “Flat Brooke (hint, in Arleigh's hands)….Here’s a shout out to Brooke and her class!
Welcome to Belgium Brooke!

If you’re wondering, Flat Brooke doesn’t eat much and is fairly quiet, which is helpful in a house with 4 kids and 2 dogs. She is an efficient traveler and is easy on laundry, so she’s a nice guest to have around.  She is anxious to visit a bit of Belgium, and of course, try the waffles. Who wouldn’t love that? 

Here is a welcome message to Flat Brooke from each of the kids.

Arleigh – teaching the days of the week via a song (the only song he really loves to sing these days)

"Hello Flat Brooke. I will sing a song for you in French. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday then Sunday...."

Emory- wanted to be sure she knew that soccer is a big deal here- but it’s called football!
"Hello my name is Emory. I am 6 years old. I live in Belgium."

Addie- quite the hostess…

Stella and her French tutor took a minute as well….

..."Welcome to Belgium Flat Brooke.  My name is Stella."

I promised updates through the blog, so stay tuned for the adventures of Flat Brooke over the next two weeks until she returns to her classroom back in the U.S. of A.

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