October 11, 2005 14:03 ET

Canada Post: My Flat Stanley's in the Mail!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 11, 2005) - He's run off to join the circus, met with the rich and famous (including a stroll down the red carpet on Oscar night!) and helped more than 30,000 children in 6,000 classrooms from around the globe, learn about the world they live in. His name is Flat Stanley and, with Canada Post's help, he's about to start an exciting adventure on a new planet - Postal Planet.

Postal Planet ( is Canada Post's web resource that features fun and interesting learning tools, games, activities and links related to a postal theme. The site helps visitors learn about the importance of written communication - both electronic and physical - and how to use the postal system.

"Each year we get thousands of requests from teachers and students looking for information about the postal system," said Bob Waite, senior vice-president of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at Canada Post. "This newly re-designed website provides this information in a fun, easy-to-use format that both educates and entertains. With the addition of Flat Stanley's travels, we're sure Postal Planet will be a favourite of children and teachers across the country," Mr. Waite added.

In the book Flat Stanley, written by Jeff Brown, Stanley is squashed flat by a falling bulletin board. Now that he is paper-thin, Stanley is able to visit the world and meet its citizens by traveling in an envelope. The Flat Stanley project began in 1995 by London, Ontario teacher Dale Hubert - with the support of the Education Network of Ontario - who wanted to provide students with a fun reason to write. Students make paper Flat Stanleys and begin a journal with him for a few days. Then Flat Stanley and the journal are mailed to another school where students there treat Flat Stanley as a guest and complete the journal. Flat Stanley and the journal are then returned to the original sender. Students can plot his travels on maps and share the contents of the journal.

"Canada Post is proud to be a sponsor of Flat Stanley," noted Mr. Waite. "Stanley presents an opportunity for every child to discover the world around them and the equally important world that is opened to them by reading and writing. Canada Post has been a proud supporter of Literacy for more than twenty-five years and we're pleased to welcome Stanley, and his mission, to the post office."

The Postal Planet website includes sections for teachers and parents, kids and teens, as well as direct links to the official Flat Stanley site and other interesting postal and philatelic-related websites. Its edu-play web environment provides a safe environment where children can explore the world of communication and stamp collecting and teachers can get frequently-updated information, activities and lesson plans to assist in their efforts to educate their students.

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