Second grade students at St. Mary’s Catholic School did a novel study on one of the books from the Flat Stanley series. Each student mailed their very own handmade Flat Stanley to a different area in the U.S., covering 21 states.
The Flat Stanleys were mailed back to Natchitoches with photos of their travels and even a few treats from across the country. One rode a subway in New York City, and one got to wear a Texas A&M Jersey. Two more brought back Hershey Kisses from Pennsylvania and salt water taffy from South Carolina for the students to sample.
Second grader Eli Hypes used to live in Rhode Island, so that’s where he mailed his Flat Stanley. Friends from his hometown took a photo in front of his old house to send a bit of Rhode Island back to Louisiana. Chloe Methvin sent her Flat Stanley to New Hampshire where it visited an apple orchard.
The students got a real treat from Blanchard Williams’ Flat Stanley recipient. Grey Delisle Griffin does voice acting (often referred to as voice over work) in Los Angeles and has performed voices of various characters in roughly 85 cartoons. She also performs in animated movies and video games.
She face timed the second graders on Oct. 16 and performed some of her voices. Some of the characters that Grey provides the voices for are:
Daphne – What’s New Scooby-Doo?
Vicky – The Fairly OddParents
Mandy — The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Frankie — Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
Azula — Avatar: The Last Airbender
Mrs. Gleeful – Gravity Falls
Various Voice- Rugrats, Samurai Jack and Johnny Bravo
Mandy- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Penny’s mom- Bolt
Griffin, who lives in California with her husband Jared and their three sons (Tex, Harlan and Posie), first visited Natchitoches in the early 2000s for the Natchitoches Christmas Tour of Homes. She quickly fell in love with the town and booked a room at the Rusca House for the following Christmas Festival. Soon after she purchased a house and turned it into the Bayou Amulet Bed and Breakfast. She eventually sold it because traveling back and forth became too difficult. However, Natchitoches will always hold a special place in her heart.