Flat Stanley from 95q Eastwood School in New York

dalehubert-busking.htmIt’s true the Flat Stanleys from New York have stayed a long time in London, Ontario, but they’ve have a good time.

On May 8, 2010, they had the privilege of meeting Royce Gracie. For those unfamiliar with him, Wikipedia reports:

Royce Gracie is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter, a UFC Hall of Famer and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He holds the most submission victories in UFC history with 11, which he earned between UFC 1 and UFC 4. Gracie became a larger than life figure in the mixed martial arts world for his domination in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He became famous for beating opponents much larger than him, and between 1993 and 1994, he was the tournament winner of UFC 1, UFC 2, UFC 4, and fought to a draw with Ken Shamrock in the championship match in the Superfight at UFC 5. [2] Gracie popularized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and revolutionized mixed martial arts with his results contributing to the movement towards grappling and cross-training in the sport.

Here he is with Flat Jason and Flat Kierra with Royce Gracie!

But the month of March was even more exciting. All of the visitors from PS 95 q went with Mr. Hubert to the Galapagos Islands. Sadly, only Flat Kierra and Flat Jason safely returned. Keep in mind that the Galapagos are very windy islands… Some of the poses resulted in flat visitors being swept into the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps a sailor will one day find them and mail them back.

Here are Flat Jason and Flat Kierra with Mr. Hubert with a giant tortoise on a Galapagos Island.

Here’s something interesting about the giant tortoise. Do you know why it has such a large shell? You might think that it’s for protection, and that’s true. However, the predators on the Galapagos Islands are the Galapagos Hawk and some rodents. Why does it need such a big shell? Here’s the answer: When the tortoises were evolving, there were other predators – including dinosaurs! – so, the Galapagos tortoise is still protecting itself against dinosaurs, even though they are now extinct.

As you may know, Mr. Hubert was once a street singer, before he became a teacher and the creator of the Flat Stanley Project, he sang in the streets of Europe.  Here he is, many years ago.

While in Ecuador, on his way to the Galapagos Islands, he met these entertainers from Argentina. One is holding Flat Jason and Flat Kierra while the other holds a Flat Stanley.

Did you know that the Galapagos Isalnds were created by volcanoes? Everywhere you looked you could the cones of ancient volcanoes. In fact, there are many active volcanoes in the area!

Here they are, with a real wild iguana! Fortunately, iguanas are usually quite slow, especially when they were cold in the morning. But Flat Jason and Flat Kierra were nervous while they were this close to such a scary beast!

While at Wilfrid Jury Public School, Jason wrote:

Dear friend,

This is Flat Jason. He lies to go on trips to Applebee’s and he likes to eat popcorn, cancakes and even ice cream. He likes to play: football, baseball, soccer. I like to play hockey, and Flat Jason likes to watch TV, and visit Santa. Please take care of flat Mikey. Your friend, Jason.

Richard wrote:

Thursday, January 21, 2010,

Dear Jason,

Your flat Jason is having a great time! We have built a snowman and watched TV and played on my Nintendo D.S. We had a great time together!

From, Richard H.

Fatin wrote:

Jason is enjoying his time here. Jason and I went to buy a Nintendo D.S. Jason chose a pink one because I’m a girl and girls like the colour pink. Not so long after, we went to my cousin’s birthday party. We ate chocolate cake, and flat Jason loved it. We also ate chocolate cookies. After a while, we played hide and go seek. The next day, I played with my Nintendo D.S and I wnet shopping to get something to paint. When I got home, I painted, and Jason did too. While we were painting, my mom was cooking hamburgers. A little while later, we read a book about Chester. It was funny (hahaha). Just then, we went to watch my favourite movie. Then, my mom said, “Do you want some ice cream?” So we said, “Okay! Okay!”, but flat Jason couldn’t eat it, so I made him flat ice cream. Jason loved it. A minute later, we went to bed, but before that we brushed our teeth. Then we wne tot bed. Jason said, “I forgot to tell you: I’m having a wonderful time!”

From, Fatin.

P.S. It’s so much fun to play with Jason. Also, have fun!

Gillian wrote:

Marach 2, 2010,

Dear Jason,

Flat Jason and I are having a great time. First we went to my hockey game. It was a tie. After that, we went to McDonald’s. I got small fries with a chicken burger. Flat Jason had flat fries. Then, we went home. I read a book called “Miley Cyruc Miles To Go”. Jason read, “More Tales From the Class at the End of the Hall”. He really liked it. I have to go so have fun reading my letter.

From, Gillian.

Flat Stanley meets a few celebrities

Flat Stanley left Indialantic, FL to explore California.  He met up with his friend Violette who showed him around.  He was able to sit courtside at the Laker game.  He then was able to head over to the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach where he met Christian Slater and Jesse McCartney.  Stanley says he’s headed to the San Diego next to meet some baby pandas.

Flat Stanley at the Olympics

Sophie Mlodzik of Arkell, Ontario Canada sent me her Flat Stanley for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. I didn’t realize what a phenom he would be or how many friends we would make (because of his popularity!!). He has been seen in several places at the Olympics and even got to take part in the Opening Ceremonies!

Here he is with two of the torchbearers from the last day of the relay.  We met on our way to the Opening Ceremonies.

Vancouver is dressed up for the Olympics – there are Canadian Flags everywhere!

Flat Stanley was fitted for several opening ceremony costumes, including this one worn by the roller bladers.

Everyone was busy getting ready for the show, and so was Flat Stanley – here is is doing Yoga with Scott Price, one of the Audience Leaders.

Unfortunately, none of the performers could take cameras with them into the Stadium, but we all had a great time – Stanley included.  Here he is with some of the Audience leaders in costume…

After the Ceremony, Flat Stanley came with us to Ontario House to watch Bedouin Soundclash.  Can you spot him in the mosh pit?  They rocked!

Later that night, a lot of the cast met up, including Shayne Coyczan, the poet who wrote “We are more” for the Opening Ceremonies.

Check out his performance on YouTube

The next day, Flat Stanley helped out at the BC Victory Ceremony.  He spent the day drumming and dancing with the Gitxsan First Nation in BC Place.  The flag next to the Canadian Flag is the Gitxsan flag.  To learn more about the Gitxsan nation visit their website

At the ceremony, he got to check out the Olympic Rings – awesome!

Here is Flat Stanley with Jennifer Heill right after she was presented with Canada’s first medal of the Olympic Games!  Way to go Jennifer!

While at the Medal Ceremony, Flat Stanley met Senegal’s Olympic Athlete – Leyti Seck.  Go Senegal!

You may have noticed the Gold Medal Around Flat Stanley’s neck.  In a special private Ceremony, Flat Stanley was presented with the medal.  Here he is celebrating on the Podium.  Go Flat Stanley!

Flat Stanley has met so many people on his trip to the Olympics.  Here he is with Premier Gordon Campbell of British Columbia.

Most of all, Flat Stanley has been meeting other families and kids. Like these ones who were at the Medal Ceremony.  Everyone seems to recognize him and everyone wants their picture with him.

Flat Stanley is still having a great time at the Olympics and we’ll try to send another Flat Stanley Olympic report soon!

Football Coach Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer
Attached is a picture of Flat Stanley with National Champion University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer.
This was taken in 2007 after the Florida Gators became NCAA national champs at Florida Field (aka “The Swamp) in Gainesville, FL. I took the picture, but the Flat Stanley was visiting me from my 9 year-old cousin Emily in Wisconsin.

Flat Anna attends a Professional Hockey Game

Flat Anna of Osseo, WI has photo taken with Gnash, the mascott for the Nashville TN Predators Hockey Team!predator

Flat Anna enjoys SMS Holdings Night at the Predators Game
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Randi Romberg, our newest member of the Billing Department, brought Flat Anna with her to the SMS Holdings Night with the Predators. Randi’s niece, Anna, is participating in the Flat Stanley project. Students make a paper Flat Stanley and begin a journal documenting where Flat Stanley has traveled with pictures, souvenirs, stories and reminders of the visit.

One of Randi’s responsibilities is finalizing invoices with the Sommet Center each month. Randi had a chance to talk to our Operations Team at the Sommet Center to ask if they could put in a request for the Predator’s Mascot to visit our section and take a picture with Flat Anna….He showed up!

Learn more about the Flat Stanley Project at http://www.flatstanleyproject.net/.

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Chris Demke Maddern Racing Peen-Rite Top Alcohol Dragster

For Immediate Release: 06/08/2009
Chris Demke Maddern Racing Peen-Rite Top Alcohol Dragster

PR CONTACT: Tim Charlet, Charlet Motorsports Marketing @ 303-249-5933

Demke Takes Flat Stanley To Final Round

Joliet, Ill- The Jerry Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster group introduced a new crew member to their team, who helped them advance to the final round this past weekend at the NHRA Jeg’s Sportsman All-star event held at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL.

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‘Flat Stanley’, (the title character of Jeff Brown’s children’s book series), and  the Sunland, CA based team traveled  to Joliet, IL, after earning a spot in the National Hot Rod Association’s Sportsman All Star competition. “We gathered enough points during the past year in the Lucas Oil Divisional Racing Series to represent our home division (NHRA Division 7) at this event,” commented Chris Demke, the 45 year old driver of the Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster. “To be included in the top eight cars in the country, in the sportsman division’s quickest category (Top Alcohol Dragster), and having ‘Flat Stan’ as my co-pilot is an enormous honor.”

Also visiting the Maddern Racing team in Joliet, IL this past weekend was Katie Rogers. As a part of her second grade class’ Flat Stanley Project, (http://www.flatstanley.com) the young lady from Grand Rapids, MI originally sent Flat Stanley with a letter to drag racing columnist, Tim Charlet this past April. She wanted Flat Stanley to become ‘Fast Stanley’. Miss Rogers wanted to share her love of NHRA drag racing with her fellow second grade classmates at Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

“When he rode with Fast Jack Beckman (driver of the Don Schumacher Racing Valvoline/ MTS Funny Car) in Las Vegas and went 302 miles per hour I was really happy,” said the recent graduate of the second grade. “But, seeing Stanley race on Mr. Demke’s car this weekend is better. I hope they win this big race.”

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After defeating Division Six competitor Joey Severance by 0.018 seconds in the opening frame, Demke and Fast Stanley took out Division One racer John Finke in the semi-finals. Demke’s final round opponent would be three-time world champion Bill Reichert from Owosso, MI. Both cars were wired at the launch, only separated by 0.002 seconds. Demke held the lead near the 1000 foot mark, until the power of Riechert’s A/Fuel Dragster over took him, handing Reichert his second Jeg’s All Star victory.

Miss Rogers, wearing her Maddern Racing t-shirt provided by Demke’s mother Dixie, was happy to see Fast Stanley in the final round. “We were cheering in the grandstands for Stanley and Mr. Demke,” said Rogers. “It was a great side-by-side race and my dad and I are proud of Mr. Demke and his team.”

Demke and the Maddern Racing team made seven runs during the weekend and their crew, known as the ‘Circus Clowns’ were up to the task. “Fast Stanley and the boys did great this weekend,” stated Demke. “They gave us a very consistent race car all weekend and we are proud of the professionalism they showed at this event. They are the best in the business and I’m glad they are on my team.”

The Division 7 team will complete their three-week road trip of racing this upcoming weekend at the LODRS event in Fallon, NV.

Since April, Fast Stanley has ridden with NHRA drag racers; Fast Jack Beckman, Jeff Arend, Mike Edwards, Tim Wilkerson, Ed ‘the outlaw’ Jones, David Douthit, Greg Means, Chris Woolverton and now Chris Demke. He has traveled via US Postal service and Fed Ex Express over 15,000 miles in two months. He will be attending the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway located outside of Denver, CO in July.

You can follow the Adventures of Fast Stanley on his blog @ http://www.faststanley.blogspot.com

Courtesy of Tim Charlet

Photos Courtesy of John Rogers.

Flat Stanley Goes Fast!

(Pictures Courtesy of Bob Wilber and NHRA.com)

Mr. Hubert:

Enclosed is a link to a story we have written on Drag Racing web-site http://www.competitionplus.com about the adventures of a Flat Stanley sent to me from second grader Katie Rogers from The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Grand Rapids, MI.

http://www.competitionplus.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9773&Itemid=6

Since his adventure began the second week of April, this particular Flat Stanley has:

–          Raced with 10 different NHRA drivers

–          Eclipsed 300 mph in 1000 feet 10 times

–          Helped two teams win NHRA National Event Championships (Jack Beckman and Mike Edwards in Atlanta, GA)

–          Flown around the state of Colorado with Capt. Mike Metcalf of the 140th Colorado Air National Guard in his F-16

–          Ridden with Ed “the Outlaw” Jones in his Wheel Standing 1933 Fire Truck

–          Been on stage and sang “Hunka Hunka Burning Love” with “BIG” Elvis at Big Bill’s Gambling Hall on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada

–          Will be featured in two weeks on ESPN 2’s coverage of NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing as he competes with Top Alcohol Dragster Driver Chris Demke in Chicago, Illinois.

Needless to say, the NHRA community has embraced the Flat Stanley Project and we look forward to providing more info about the adventures of this particular Flat Stanley. I guess you can say- Flat Stanley has become Fast Stanley!

Thank you for all the work you do with this project sir.

Kindest Regards,

Tim Charlet

Columnist, Competitionplus.com

DEMKE ON A MISSION THIS WEEKEND

Joliet, Ill- The Jerry Maddern Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team is on their way to Chicago. They have a full tank of gas, its dark, they’re wearing sunglasses and they will ‘hit it’ this weekend at the NHRA United Association Route 66 Nationals held in Joliet, Illinois.

Needless to say, the fun loving Peen-Rite sponsored team intends to be ‘on top of their game’ this weekend during a very special event for the Sunland, CA based group.

“Chicago is a huge deal for us,” said driver Chris Demke, who along with his wife Arlette celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on Wednesday. “This race is unique, as we have earned the right to compete not only in the National Event on a very fast track, but also the Jeg’s All-Star race held on Saturday.”

Demke is confident with the weather and track conditions they are forecasting for this weekend, the Jerry Maddern tuned dragster can return to 5.20 elapsed time zone they ran earlier this season. He also knows the competition will be just as quick. “We gathered some great run data this past weekend in Topeka, however Route 66 raceway is historically a very fast track,” stated Demke. “I think we can plug in our Pomona tune-up and be ready to race up against a great field of competition.”

Demke will not be the only ‘person’ on board his 260 mile per hour dragster in Chicago. Second grader Katie Rogers’ ‘Fast Stanley’ from Grand Rapids, MI, who has ridden this season with Jack Beckman, Mike Edwards, Jeff Arend, Tim Wilkerson and even Ed ‘the Outlaw’ Jones, will be Demke’s co-pilot. “I am looking forward to having ‘Fast Stanley’ hang out with the Circus Clowns this weekend,” Demke said. “The Flat Stanley project (http://www.flatstanley.com) is a great teaching tool for children and anything we can do to help teach children the fine art of letter writing is a positive.”

The Flat Stanley project founder, Dr. Dale Hubert is also very happy with the NHRA community embracing the project he began in 1995. “Even after all these years I’m amazed at the way people open their hearts to the little flat guy,” stated Dr. Hubert.

Demke, Fast Stanley and the Maddern Racing team will have three attempts to qualify for this weekend’s event beginning on Friday at 12:30pm. The second session is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm. A final qualifying session will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 am.

Follow the Adventures of Fast Stanley @ http://faststanley.blogspot.com

For tickets please visit Route 66’s website @ www.route66raceway.com or call them @: 815-727-RACE (7223); 888-629-RACE (7223)

Keep up to date with up to the minute race results on http://www.dragracecentral.com

Courtesy of Charlet Motorsports Marketing @ tim5636sc@msn.com