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From Gaby Cueto in Mexico City

Hi. My name is Gaby Cueto from Mexico City. Currently I am a preschool principal but when I was a teacher I had a very successful and rewarding Flat Stanley Project. My students sent it to relatives and friends all around the world and they shared their experiences when they came back with another Flat Stanley. It was very exciting when another Flat Stanley and Friend arrived to tell us all about their adventures!! I am sending some pictures. I did this project in 2011 and I still have a couple enthusiasts that keep sending me their adventures!

I am very excited because this year I will continue this project with my teachers. Thank you for this wonderful way of connecting, communicating and making learning what it should be – FUN!

Warm regards,

Gaby Cueto

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Stan and Dale on the Celebrity Millennium

Just returned from a very enjoyable Alaskan cruise. I was amazed at how many people recognized the Flat Stanley my sister was carrying!

The man holding Flat Stanley had previously taken a Flat Stanley into orbit!

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It turns out Karen Baxter’s Garage doesn’t fix all flats.

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Jocka and Maria were entertainers on the Celebrity Millennium and they took the little flat guy up for a closer look at their act.

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Speaking of closer looks, this is going to hurt in the morning!

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Alaskan artist Maida had previously hosted Flat Stanleys.

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This couple recognized Flat Stanley in the dome car near Denali.

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Another couple from Toronto stopped to say hi.

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The most important part of the totem pole is the bottom.

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Sami and Flat Stanley in Icy Point Strait, Alaska

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A Flat Stanley participant

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You should travel on the Celebrity Millennium just to meet this crew member!

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Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling

Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling said hello to Flat Stanley who traveled all the way from Mrs. Krull’s classroom at Great Lakes Elementary in Superior, Wisconsin. Second-grader Payton Zepczyk has been following Flat Stanley’s travels in California. Shout-out to Payton’s mom, Shelby Kurtz, and grandmother,Debbie Backlund-Kurtz. — in Indian Wells, California.

Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling said hello to Flat Stanley who traveled all the way from Mrs. Krull's classroom at Great Lakes Elementary in Superior, Wisconsin.

Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling said hello to Flat Stanley who traveled all the way from Mrs. Krull’s classroom at Great Lakes Elementary in Superior, Wisconsin.

More from the Grannies on Safari in Mongolia

Here is the Mongolian school the Grannies visited and donated the iPod touch as a gift from Flatter World Inc.

The Grannies made friends with a group of 9th graders at the 115 school in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia.  We told them that we were excited to be in their country and that as “Flat Grannies” characters in the Flatter World with Flat Stanley, we hoped they would join us as members of the flatter world.  We gave them an iPod with the Flat Stanley application and invited them to start sharing their adventures in Mongolia.

Mina, a member of the class has communicated with us and we look forward to many more encounters with the class.

 

When traveling through Mongolia it was important for the Grannies to see how the everyday Mongloians – who live outside the city, live.  Their houses – round and made of felt and wood – are called Ger’s.  Because many Mongols are nomads, they still move each season to parts of Mongolia that have better feed for their animals. It takes about two hours for a family to pack their Ger’s with all of their belongings and move them, sometimes by truck and other times by horse and cart!

The Grannies visited a family – the picture is us standing outside their home – and met the mom and her small son.  We ate dried Mare’s milk curds and nuts!

Update by the Grannies on Safari in Mongolia, September 20, 2011

Just a note to say we really enjoyed Mongolia and especially meeting the kids in the ninth grade at school #115 in Ulan Baatar.  We were fortunate to meet the English class of this wonderful school that is teaching Mongols to not only learn English but about their own important history – Genghis Khan!

The class we met with was very sharp and knew where Chicago was!  We told them all about our TV show and many asked what channel we were on in Mongolia..sadly to say we told them not yet!  We told them all about the story of Flat Stanley and that we were proud to be the first celebrity (real) Flat Stanley characters  as part of the Flat Stanley online App family.  We presented to the teacher and the head of the school the iPod Touch and they were really excited.  We took pictures of the class and the English teacher and loved it all.

The next day our guide  told us the students were so excited about our visit that they had “big plans” for their project and response to the Flatterworld!!!!  We look forward to seeing just what they are coming up with and we re very happy to have delivered the iPod and to be a part of the entire Flat Stanley Project!

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Flat Grannies on Safari on the Trans Siberian Railway 2011

You may recall when the Grannies on Safari announced their partnership with Flatter World on August 19 in Chicago. It was a fun event with flat costumes. 

 

Flatter World launched the new Flat Stanley app for the iPhone and the Grannies announced their latest trip to Siberia. Things have changed since the middle of August – the Grannies are in Siberia! And they took our Flat Grannies with them.

So who would have thought there are no WIFI-friendly Starbucks along the ancient Trans-Siberian Railway route. The Grannies on Safari are doing their best to keep us updated on their progress as the travel on the Tans-Siberian Railway.

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The statue is Musa Cälil the poet in Kazan.

 

The Grannies are walking in the Kazan Train Station.

 

The Grannies are aboard the train planning their trip.

 

The Flat Grannies are on the border between Europe and Asia in Yekaterinburg. They are on the border marker.

 

Aboard the train talking to the chef. The Flat Grannies are seriously looking at the menu!

Flat SCUBA diving with Tom Madden

Flat TJ with the airplane pilot David Webb

Flat TJ seated with Grandpa and Grandma

Flat TJ watches the take-off

Flat TJ at a shipwreck on shore

Flat TJ feeds an Iguana


Flat TJ prepares to go SCUBA diving with Grandpa

Flat TJ dives among some Coral

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A Damselfish visits Flat TJ diving at a Coral Head

Flat TJ dives at an Elephant Ear Sponge

Flat TJ dives with some new fish friends

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FLAT STANLEY LEARNS ABOUT DEMOCRACY in WISCONSIN

My Grand-daughter’s second-grade classroom in Jack, Alabama, is involved in the Flat Stanley Project.  This past week, Flat Stanley joined me at the Wisconsin Capitol to protest Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.  I created a story about Flat Stanley’s experience, not to rally for my beliefs, but to talk about Democracy.   I hope that you enjoy the story and pictures.

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Indonesia – Gemma Zulhaida’s Flat Karawang

Hello we were at Niagara vehicle in Dufan. This game is located in the USA region of Dufan.  This is one of the thrilling and exciting game. Making our heart beat harder. Dufan or Dunia Fantasi is the outdoor playing place the largest in Indonesia. Here many kind of games are very interesting. If you go to Indonesia , don’t forget to visit Dunia Fantasi. Dunia Fantasi is located in Jakarta. Have fun in Dufan guys.

World Class Musician and Guitar Maker

Flat Stanley was fortunate to meet two world-class experts in the world of music: Tony McManus, the famous Celtic guitarist and Marc Beneteau, maker of outstanding guitars. Marc and Tony were in London, Ontario, and were kind enough to pose for a picture with the little flat guy.

This particular little flat guy visited the legendary Pete Seeger and on the back of it Pete wrote:

“Kids- if YOU keep your sense of humor,
and reach out to other kids in ALL the world,
and get them to reach out to you in their own way,
there may be a human race here in another 100 years!”

Flat Stanley Travels by Balloon and on the Wings of an Angel

Mr. Hubert,

First of all I would like to introduce myself. I am Debra Hurley from Maiden Elementary in Maiden, NC .

Our story began on Dec.18, 2010 when my husband came in from a “walk about” on our land and had found a Flat Stanley. He had no idea what it was all about but wanted to share it with me. This F.S. had been attached to a balloon instead of going by mail. Since our 2nd graders had just mailed their letters it was very exciting to see this one. When I turned it over and read the back it said it was released by a second grader named Nathan and that he attended Whitesville Elem. in Whitesville, Kentucky.

I could not believe my eyes or my luck. How could it get here from 490 miles away? We had our own thoughts. It was a week before Christmas and we felt like it was a gift from our son TJ. We lost TJ in an accident on June 13, 1998 at 20 years of age. The holidays are really hard to get through.  We have gotten what we believe to be signs over the years that help us to go on. One is from butterflies and now from a paper boy cut out  called Flat Stanley. I asked my husband why he brought it to me instead of throwing it away. Was it because I was in 2nd grade too or because it had a yellow string? (TJ’s favorite color was yellow) He told me maybe some of that but mostly because we had released balloons once for TJ and had hoped someone would call and say they had found one, but that never happened. Tom said he just wanted this little boy named Nathan to know that his Flat Stanley had been found.

I immediately contacted Tennille Hinton by email. She was Nathan’s teacher at the time they released the Flat Stanley’s on April 22, 2010. She couldn’t believe it either.  We have been in contact ever since and have found so much joy. It helped us through the Christmas and the New Year and even now in 2011 it is touching our lives daily. Nathan had no idea that day that he would touch a family so much  when he let that balloon go.

I put together a scrapbook of pictures and letters from one of my classes and sent it to Nathan along with a t-shirt from our school. (The Maiden Elementary Eagles!) One child at my school asked how it could get over the mountains and we replied, on the wings of a angel.

Nathan is a wonderful little boy and we are thankful that we were the lucky family to take care of his Flat Stanley.

The two schools are going to stay in contact as pen-pals. I hope to stay in touch with Mrs. Hinton and Nathan. This has been an adventure that we will never forget.

Deb Hurley

 

“Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just beyond your grasp…

but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”        Nathaniel Hawthorne

Debra  Hurley, T.A./Bus Driver

Maiden  Elementary  School

Flat Stanley Deployed!

Today the St. Florian Knights of Columbus (Chicago Fire Department) and several volunteers were packing up boxes to send to the US troops overseas. We had a few thousand cards and letters to include with the care packages. Among them was a Flat Stanley. We took the attached picture of Stanley before sending him on his trip to the middle east. Hopefully it will put a smile on a soldier’s face as it did ours. Happy Holidays!

Jenny Gibson