Terrace Bay Public School, Ontario

Terrace Bay Public School

On a frigid -27 Celsius January day, Flat Stanley from Sault Ste Marie, visited the Terrace Bay Public School.  Being from a small remote Northern Community, Flat Stanley has given our children the opportunity to explore and understand the world around them.

Thank you Stanley and can’t wait to see where your adventures lead us next!

Toronto Hockey Game

William Tredway Junior Public School

Ms Arcato sent Flat Stanley to a Hockey Game
John McDermott who sang the national anthem placed Stanley in his suit pocket for good luck.
Our mayor David Miller discussing game strategies with Stanley before the game.
“Maybe I could bring this net back to Andrew, he would love it” says Stanley.
“Wow! A zamboni, maybe I could drive it back to Tredway so Mr. Otto could use it in our hallways” says Stanley.
“Mr. Storey would love to be in my shoes right now” says Stanley.
“I’m the king of the world! I have front row seats” says Stanley.

“Thank you Mr. Wayne Somers for giving me V.I.P treatment. I will cherish these playoff moments for the rest of my flat life. Yours truly, Flat Stanley”.

Sugarbush near London

Flat Stanley Went to a Sugarbush In Southern Ontario, Canada

Submitted by Dale Hubert

Hayden sent me a Stanley from Montgomery. Alabama and I took him, along with some other Stanleys,  to where maple syrup is made.  We went on March 27 and there was still some snow, but it was melting fast.
First the farmer has to tap the trees.  The means a small hole has to be drilled and a spout called a spile is inserted.  The sap runs out into the buckets.  The sap looks like water but has a slight sweet taste.  The Native Canadians used to call it “sweetwater.”  After many hundreds of buckets are collected, the sap is boiled.  The water slowly evaporates and the maple syrup is left.

Stanley should be careful around the buckets.  He’s lucky the sap wasn’t running.

He went for a wagon ride through the maple forest.  The horses had never seen a flat person before.

Stanley saw where the sap gets boiled.  The sap gets turned into maple syrup and maple candy in all different sizes.

But the best part was eating the maple syrup when it was poured over pancakes!


Hi Dale
One of my students sent Flat Stanley to relatives in Ottawa (April 28/02). They sent some wonderful pictures of Stanley’s adventure to Ottawa. Thought you might like to post them on the website.
Andrew Buck
Centennial Hylands Elementary School
Shelburne, Ont.





Niagara Region with Flat Lindsay

Hi Dale:
My son, Dean, received Flat Lindsay in the mail from Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Lindsay is my cousin’s daughter, second-cousin to Dean I think!  Both Dean and Lindsay are 8 years old.
Lindsay’s and her classmates each made flat images of themselves and sent them to whomever they wanted – with a few instructions on having fun and journaling about their adventures!  Attached are some pictures we had fun taking.
Thorold Hawkee:  Hawkee the mascot for Thorold’s Triple A team, Thorold Blackhawks, held Flat Lindsay up for a picture.  Dean’s Tyke team played for the crowd between 1st and 2nd period.
Swimming Lessons:  Dean took Flat Lindsay to one of his Aquaquest Level 5 classes.
Mom’s Work:  I work at Niagara College – one of 23 colleges in Ontario – Flat Lindsay had to visit there, too!
Lock 7:  The Niagara Region has a canal system to get large ‘laker’ ships from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie and back.  Flat Lindsay had to visit the canal!
American Falls:  Niagara Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  The American side has a small area of waterfalls so we thought we should get a picture in front of it along with the next picture.
Canadian Falls:  This picture shows the Canadian Falls in behind Dean and his four-year old sister, Jena!
Keep up the good work!  Michelle

London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco

dale-personalimageSubmitted by Dale Hubert


As Londoners, we are very proud the wonderful Flat Stanley Project actually began in our city by local teacher Mr. Dale Hubert.  As London’s Mayor, I was delighted to receive a visit from Flat Stanley at my office a few months ago.  It was great to show Flat Stanley around City Hall and explain how Londoners elect members of City Council every three years to take care of the city’s business.  During the visit, we dropped by Council Chambers where all the important city decisions are made and we enjoyed a beautiful view of The Forest City from the top of City Hall.  I know Flat Stanley will be very busy visiting many more places, so I wish all Friends of Flat Stanley lots of fun and happy memories.
Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco
London, Ontario, Canada

Jumbo the Elephant Statue in St Thomas

dale-personalimageSubmitted by Dale Hubert

Jumbo the Elephant was a favourite attraction in Phineas T. Barnum’s circus.  Sadly, Jumbo was killed by a train on September 15, 1885 in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
There are two stories of how it happened.  The circus people said Jumbo saw the train approaching and a smaller elephant was on the tracks.  Jumbo, being a noble and brave creature, pushed the smaller elephant out the way just in time but was killed by the train.
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A more likely story is that Jumbo was being led beside the tracks when the train approached.  Elephants don’t like to walk downhill so, instead of moving down the embankment, Jumbo charged the train and was killed.
However, it happened, the most famous elephant in the world was dead.  There is a statue of Jumbo in St Thomas and Flat Stanley went to see it.  Notice Stanley is about the size of Jumbo’s toenail!


Hawk Cliff

Submitted by Dale Hubert

Flat Stanley visited Hawk Cliff on the north shore of Lake Erie in Southern Ontario.  It is one of the best migratory routes for raptors in the whole world.  When the birds fly south they don’t like to fly over water.  They prefer flying near land so they can rest and find food.  They also like to fly along the cliffs so the thermals help them fly with less effort.  In the fall, 30,000 Broadwing Hawks fly over in a single day!


There are some licensed banding stations.  These are strictly controlled and only a chosen few get to become bird banders.  Bird banders capture the hawks and record the specie, whether they are male or female, if they hatched this year or are older and record their size and weight.  The birds are banded and released.  The bands numbers so that when people find birds with a bands they can call the 800 telephone number and tell the band number.  That lets the experts know how far the hawk travelled, how old it is, and how many hawks there are.  This is very important research.


The banders wait in this tiny shack for the birds to get caught in the nets.


This is a Red-Tailed Hawk that was caught, banded and released.


This is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk and a Flat Stanley caught in the net.


Flat Stanley sure was brave!  Those Red-Tail Hawks can be mean.


Dale Hubert, the creator of the Flat Stanley Project, holds a Red-Tailed Hawk and a Flat Stanley.


Don’t try this at home, kids!

The picture above shows something very unusual.  A Red-Tailed Hawk went into the net but after a few seconds it hopped out.  Gary Hubert, one of the banders, ran after the hawk and captured it with his bare hands!


Then the hawk captured Gary, too.  Ouch!


The other banders had to help pull the talons out of Gary’s finger.


This is Gary and the Red-Tailed Hawk.


Look at the size of those talons.  Can you see the band on its leg?

The birds are handled very carefully and aren’t hurt at all.  In fact, some hawks come back several times.  The hawks don’t treat the banders as carefully as the following pictures show.


In the picture above, master bander Bob Hubert is releasing this Red-Tailed Hawk, but the hawk didn’t release him.  Just as it took flight it grabbed onto Bob’s arm.  There were several punctures wounds.  The picture below is a close-up of the hawk grabbing his arm.



These are the banders who were at the banding station that Flat Stanley visited.  From left to right they are Bob Hubert, his brother Gary Hubert and long time friend, Frank Henry.