9/3/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Several defensive linemen and an assistant coach from Ashland University’s Division II football team participated in a Literacy/Geography project called Flat Stanley with students from Dover Middle School in Dover, Ohio.
Following a pre-season scrimmage on Aug. 30, AU assistant coach Reggie Gamble and his defensive line players -- Austin Strickland, Zach Leftenant, Tim Lehr (holding Flat Stanley), Justin Wazbinski, Terrion Saunders and Brandon Ehlinger -- posed for a photograph with a literacy aid known as Flat Stanley.
Students in Intervention Specialist Abbie Patterson’s class at Dover Middle School are involved in learning about literacy and geography through the Flat Stanley project.
The photos of the coach and players with Flat Stanley are being sent back to Mrs. Patterson's class, along with a letter describing Flat Stanley's adventures at Ashland University. The Dover students will get to read the letter, write in their journals and compose letters of their own. They also will locate Ashland University on a map in order to see where Flat Stanley has been.
“I am told that there are several football fans in Mrs. Patterson's classroom, and that her students will be very excited to see Flat Stanley hanging out with and running drills with college football players,” said Tracey Lehr, a substitute teacher for Dover City Schools and a friend of Mrs. Patterson.
Tracey Lehr’s son, Tim Lehr, is a junior at Ashland University, majoring in psychology and a starting defensive lineman for the AU football team.
“Tim is from Dover, and was once a student as well as an athlete at Dover Middle School and at Dover High School,” Tracey Lehr said. “The younger students love seeing former Dover students in their college environments and Mrs. Patterson's students will be thrilled that Flat Stanley traveled to Ashland University.”
The Flat Stanley Project is a uniquely multi-generational, global literacy activity that engages hundreds of thousands of children on a daily basis. The Project encompasses more than 6,000 schools registered in 88 countries around the globe, and is included in the curriculum for more than 15 percent of elementary schools in the U.S.
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###