When Grandview Elementary fourth grader Zachary Thurmon sent his Flat Stanley to President Obama, he wasn't sure he would get it back.


When Grandview Elementary fourth grader Zachary Thurmon sent his Flat Stanley to President Obama, he wasn't sure he would get it back.

But he received a package in the mail this week with his Flat Stanley in it, along with several other items.

This was part of a project in Rachelle Hildreth's class. Each of the students made a
Flat Stanley out of paper, coloring him however they wanted. Thurmon chose to make his into Obama. They also made a journal about what they did with their Flat Stanley before mailing him off to someone out of state.

“I thought it would be cool to see what the president would do if he got it and what I would get back,” Thurmon said. “I wasn't expecting it to come back at all because it was getting close to the end of the school year.”

He also knew the president was a busy person.

Thurmon was surprised when he received the package.

“I was like, really,” he said of when he received the package.

In addition to sending back the Flat Stanley, Obama also sent Thurman a picture of him and his family, a photo of himself, a picture of their new dog and a letter about Stanley's visit to the White House.

Thurmon plans to hang the pictures and Flat Stanley on his bulletin board at home.