Flat Daddies Project Connecting Kids to Their Deployed Parents


Well this post doesn't have that much to do with technology (other than the website noted), but it's just too good a project not to share.

Most educators, parents, and students have heard of Flat Stanley. He's the fictional characters that gets flattened when a bulletin board falls on him. He takes advantage of his altered state and discovers he can mail himself all around the world. Educators have used the character in all sorts of lessons to teach geography, math, social studies, and more.

Well, that same concept is now helping children whose military parents are deployed. The Flat Daddies project turns pictures of our military into life-sized cutouts. Families can then take their loved one along to school events, picnics, parades, birthday parties, etc. Photos of Flat Daddy (or Flat Mommy) can be shared with the deployed spouse letting them know they are at home "in spirit." Many of the Flat Daddies and Flat Mommies have been donated and there is a link on the site for anonymous contributions. What a great way to keep kids connected to the brave men and women defending our freedom!

Read more about it in this article from Parade magazine.

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