Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Help Needed to get "Flat Lucy" to Sochi

Are you or someone you know going to Sochi? Any chance you have room to take Flat Lucy with you? Lucy is the character in the children's book Lucy Tries Luge by Lisa Bowes (@lucytriesluge). Wouldn't it be amazing if now that she's tried luge, she gets to actually go to the Olympics and possibly see Olympic lugers compete? Perhaps it would lead to a new book?

Have you heard of the Flat Stanley Project? The premise is that children create their own Flat Stanley paper cutouts and mail them to friends and family around the globe to encourage them to learn about the world and write about Stanley's adventures. People take photos of Flat Stanley with various landmarks or people.

My son participated in a Flat Stanley project. His "Flat Rio" (Rio is my son's name) travelled to Disney World, went on a sea plane from Victoria to Vancouver, Terry Fox statue at Mile 0, on a Caribbean cruise and numerous other places.

The late Randy Starkman, a Toronto Star sportswriter, used to take Flat Stanley to the Olympic Games. One of the Flat Stanleys he took was from my son's teacher's class. Here's Flat Stanley at the 2006 Torino Olympics with Olympic gold medallist and 2014 Olympian Chandra Crawford.

After Randy passed away in 2012, his family coordinated to have Flat Randy go to the London Olympics. You can click here for that article.

The tradition of Flat Stanley going to the Olympics is continuing with pairs figure skaters Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch tweeting photos with Flat Stanley on their way to Sochi. Their Flat Stanley comes from Mrs. Kelder's (@Mrs_Kelder) class in Mississauga.

I would love to see Stanley and Lucy meet in Sochi but more importantly for Lucy's luge adventures to continue to the Olympics. If anyone can help, you can reach Lucy on Twitter @LucyTriesLuge.

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