Flat Stanley takes over LHS


From left to right teacher Michelle Masse along with students Chris Barbeau, Katrina Kobus, Jessica Pashko, Alison Leecock, Taylor Graffum, Hannah Martin, Meghan LaPointe, Chris Evans, and Jon Royce pose with the “Flat Stanleys.”

Lindsey Paradis, Photography Editor

Author Jeff Brown published a series of books called Flat Stanley in the 1960s. These childrens’ books are about a boy, Stanley Lambchop, who was flattened after the bulletin board over his bed fell. In these books,  “Flat Stanley” uses his super small size to go on titanic adventures. Stanley does everything from catching art robbers to being used as a kite.

Recently, second grade students from Chapin Street School created “flat” versions of themselves and then carried them around for a week while recording their adventures in a journal. Afterwards, the journals and the “flat” versions of the second graders were passed to 10 sophomores at Ludlow High School. The sophomores had to take pictures with their “flat” second graders, and, just like the elementary students, record their endeavors in the journal.

Sophomore Chris Barbeau carted around a “Flat Cameron” for a week. “My favorite part was looking through the journal and looking at what my second grader Cameron did [with the “Flat Cameron”] the week before.”

Barbeau racked his brain to list off what he did with the “Flat Cameron.”

“I took my ‘Flat Cameron’ driving, went to school everyday with ‘Flat Cameron,’ played video games, I did alot of homework with my ‘Flat Cameron,’ and lastly I showed my ‘Flat Cameron’ a replica of a Star Wars light saber,” he said.

LHS students are not the only ones exchanging “Flat Stanleys.” Teachers and students around the world are participating in what is called the Flat Stanley Project. The Flat Stanley Project was created in 1994 by third grade teacher Dale Hubert.