Flat Stanley is currently visiting Macon County from Mrs. Palmer's second grade class at Pinecreek Elementary School in Brookville, Pennsylvania. His good friend Moriona Ruffalo sent Flat Stanley on a bumpy ride in his envelope to Franklin, N.C.
One of Flat Stanley's first trips after arriving in Franklin was a visit to The Macon County News to learn how an independent newspaper is published and operated. Flat Stanley visited with Macon County News reporter Travis Tallent and learned the ins and outs of being a good reporter. A visit with editor Teresa Tabor introduced Flat Stanley to page layout designs and article editing. Flat Stanley even rode around with advertising representative Erin Morgan to visit local businesses and help sell some ads. Once the ads were sold, Flat Stanley learned how to create eye catching advertisements with a little help from graphic designer Matt Nelson.
While in town, Flat Stanley plans to visit beautiful waterfalls, local hiking trails and some Franklin hometown favorites. If you happen to see Flat Stanley around town, be sure to give him a friendly wave and point him in the right direction for an interesting location to visit.
About the Flat Stanley Project
The basic principle of The Flat Stanley Project is to connect a child, student, or classroom with other children or classrooms participating in the project by sending out "flat" visitors created by the children, through the mail (or digitally, with The Flat Stanley app). Kids then talk about, track, and write about their flat character's journey and adventures.
Although similar to a pen-pal activity, Flat Stanley is actually much more enriching - students don't have to wonder where to begin or what to write about. The sender and the recipient already have a mutual friend, Flat Stanley.
Writing and learning becomes easier, flows naturally, and tends to be more creative. This is what teachers call an "authentic" literacy project, in that kids are inspired to write of their own passion and excitement about the project, and given the freedom to write about many things through the rubric of the Flat Stanley character.
For more information on the Flat Stanley Project including how to start your own Flat Stanley exchange program visit http://www.flatstanley.com/.