The preschool students at Holy Scripture Early Childhood Learning Center have reached out from this little corner of Waynedale and have touched many corners of our big, big world.
They recently read aloud a book called Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. It is about a young boy named Stanley who is accidentally squished as flat as a pancake when a bulletin board falls on him. Stanley discovers some real advantages to being flat. He can slide under doors, go through sidewalk grates, and even fold himself up small enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed to California for an exiting adventure.
Stanley’s adventures are not over yet. The Holy Scripture students sent off their own Flat Stanleys to friends and relatives all over America and even the world! It is a new twist on the old pen-pal idea. The paper dolls were mailed off with letters. Each student asked their friends and family to dress up Stanley and take him on adventures. Stanley was then mailed back to Waynedale to share his journeys with the rest of the class.
The friends and family certainly got creative. They sent back letters, postcards, and pictures of the places they went. Many even showed Stanley hiking on trails and riding surfboards.
Many of the places Stanley went are not surprising. He froze his toes in Wisconsin and went to the Mall of America in Minnesota. He saw the Cubs play in Chicago, and went for a walk in the West Virginia mountains. But he also saw lizards in Arizona, surfed some waves in California, got sunburned on spring break in Florida, and climbed a lighthouse on Long Island, New York.
But what is really amazing is that there were responses to Holy Scripture from beyond our nation’s borders. Stanley went to see what school was like in Zwolle, Holland. He even risked his life by riding along in a driver education car. Yikes! There are even pictures of Stanley’s stay on the other side of the globe in Australia. Stanley has certainly become a well-seasoned traveler.
Projects like these give the children in our little corner of the world the chance to explore the earth in extraordinary and interesting ways. The preschool students of Holy Scripture had a great time with their project, and can’t wait to find out more about our world.