Besides teaching the students, the project gave Sieck and his friends a connection to home.
"I think they really enjoyed it," said Debbie Roscou, Sieck's sister. "It gave them something exciting to do. It's a really great project."
Welch has been participating in the Flat Stanley Project for eight years. Welch's students kicked off the project at the beginning of the year, when the class first read the book.
Besides sending flat people to Iraq, students sent their flat people home with friends, to relatives and to their pen pals in the Waterveliet School District.
"The students learned about three different communities: urban, rural and suburban, and many of them have become so interested in Flat Stanley that they have read other books in the series on their own," Welch said.
The students showed an excitement about the project and were eager to talk about where each of their Flat Stanley's had gone and their adventures.
"My Flat Stanley went bowling with my pen pal," said 8-year-old Tenny Picou.
For more information about the Flat Stanley Project visit www.flatstanley.com. ""