Flat Stanley

Copper Creek Elementary School’s third-grader Charlie Allard decided, for a class project, to send his Flat Stanley to the White House. Last month, his Flat Stanley came back with photos and a letter.

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In late September of last year, Charlie Allard, 8, and his third-grade classmates at Copper Creek Elementary participated in the Flat Stanley project at school. 

Allard knew exactly where he wanted to send his creation, but he didn’t know if he was going to come back.

The Flat Stanley project is designed to connect children with people and places outside of the town they live in. They create a character, on paper, called Flat Stanley. They then send him, through the mail, to some place where they can hear about and write about its adventure.

After watching the presidential debates on television, Allard decided he wanted to send his Flat Stanley to President Barack Obama at the White House. 

Early last month, Allard was excited when Stanley came back. Allard wasn’t sure he would ever see Stanley again, given he was the last in the class to be returned.

“Most of the students sent him to friends or family not in Tucson,” Allard said.

But he optimistically sent his to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

“You probably don’t think you are going to get something from the president.” 

Both Allard and his mother, Gina, weren’t too sure if he would come back, but he did with photos, an activity book and a letter from the President explaining about Flat Stanley’s travels.

The letter reads; “In the morning, he walked with me through the halls of the West Wing and joined me for meetings in the Oval Office with my senior staff and many guests. Flat Stanley got a chance to tour the East Wing and study its beautiful rooms and artwork on display. At the end of the day, he came with me to the South Lawn and played catch with our dog, Bo, as the sun set over Washington, D.C.”

Stanley is back in the classroom now, but after he gets him back, Charlie wants to next send him to the Giant’s head football coach, Tom Coughlin.

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