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Bondurant-Farrar Elementary School: A Cultural Experience

A favorite read in Mrs. Lenhart's first grade classroom, Flat Stanley is a book about a young boy named Stanley who is accidentally squished "as flat as a pancake" when a bulletin board falls on him. Stanley is very flat but otherwise fine and discovers he can fold himself up small enough to fit into an envelope to be mailed around the world.


While these first graders at Bondurant-Farrar Elementary School are learning their own addresses and how to mail letters, they read the book Flat Stanley. Funding from Connecting Kids and Culture allowed them to see the story live at Des Moines Performing Arts.


"The opportunity to see this play means so much to my students because they tie it into what they've learned in the classroom," Mrs. Lenhart said, "and you can feel the anticipation as we load the buses and head downtown."


Principal Paul Mills said field experiences are beneficial for students and produce long-term educational and social benefits.


"We have an opportunity as a school to provide great experiences for kids they might not otherwise have," he said. "It's a wonderful feeling to lead the way for these kids and share their excitement as they experience something new."