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schmuttis
11-09-2006, 12:46
When we were hiking in the Boiling Springs, PA area, we stopped in at the regional AT office. While there, we were asked if we would share some of our AT experiences with a second grade class from that area. Of course we agreed. I figured as long as I was writing something up for kids I might as well share it with all children so I created a webpage: http://childrensATpage.rohland.org. We have finished hiking for the year and rarely do any hiking in the spring but I don't want to disappoint this class and not have any more stories for them. So I'm asking those of you who like to write if you would share some tales. Basic information on how to send us your stories and pictures may be found in the link above. The children really do look forward to these stories. Thank you to those who take the time to share your AT experiences.

DawnTreader
11-09-2006, 12:51
good stuff ... get em' out there early

Monkeyboy
11-09-2006, 17:21
Flat Stanley rules!!!!

I was going to be taking pictures of Flat Stanley on my Georgia AT hike anyway......there is a young man who is home schooled at our church that likes to get pics of Flat Stanley from members of the church whenever they go anywhere.....

Will keep you in mind this summer....

bigcranky
11-09-2006, 18:41
I love Flat Stanley. We took him on a trip with us a couple of years ago. Here's my favorite Flat Stanley photo:

http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/2/6/6/stanley.jpg

And, no, we didn't send this photo back to the elementary school with the others <grin>.

schmuttis
11-09-2006, 22:39
I see that many of you are checking out our site http://childrensATpage.rohland .org but few of you are going to the "Send us your stories of the Appalachian Trail" to find out how to add your AT story/tale. Is there a problem with the website? Poor response time for the number of people visiting? Or would it be better to copy the directions here?

Thanks for your help.

Skidsteer
11-09-2006, 23:10
I see that many of you are checking out our site http://childrensATpage.rohland .org but few of you are going to the "Send us your stories of the Appalachian Trail" to find out how to add your AT story/tale. Is there a problem with the website? Poor response time for the number of people visiting? Or would it be better to copy the directions here?

Thanks for your help.

Just tried it and the site didn't load at all. I'll keep trying.

Nevermind. The quoted link was borked.

bigcranky
11-10-2006, 22:19
Hi, Schmuttis,

Your directions imply that we should take Flat Stanley on our next hike and send you the pictures and the story. This is a cool idea, but it might be a little while before someone can actually do it.

If that's not what you'd like to have, please let us know.

--Ken

schmuttis
11-11-2006, 23:58
I'm hoping this children's AT page will be on the web for as long as we are hosting webpages (and all of this is free - all volunteer). I'm not sure if you know, we already host the Appalachian trail parking/access page which has grown significantly in the past year and a half - http://appalachianTrail.rohland.org. Our original PA AT pages have been around for many years.

But to get to your question, yes I realize a lot of you will not be hiking until the weather gets warm again like us. Actually we probably won't be doing much AT hiking until next fall so I understand what you are asking.

What I was hoping is that some of you would invite Flat Stanley (http://www.flatstanley.com/template.htm) to your home for a weekend or a couple of days to tell him some tales of your previous hikes BUT these tales would be told by Stanley in a reading level for second graders. Ex. Flat Stanley visits our AT friend Mr./Mrs. Smith and he/she tells these wonderful stories about his/her hikes on the AT. The Flat Stanley page began with a request from a current second grade class that will no longer be with the original teacher as of June. We would like to have as many experiences as possible for this particular class before the end of the current school year.

We found while doing some web searching that there really isn't much information geared toward young children about the Appalachian Trail. Before we posted our Flat Stanley webpages for this second grade class in Boiling Springs we asked a friend to have their child, a second grader, read our posted Flat Stanley adventures on the AT. Right now that youngster has asked her parents where the AT is and if she could go there. This is the reaction of children that we would like to encourage.

Our original website was geared to facilitate adults getting to the AT. The purpose of this new website is to entice youngsters to become interested in the AT via Stanley's tales.

The children's page may be found at http://childrensatpage.rohland.org. If you would like to send us an AT tale/story for grade level two, directions for submission may be found at this link from the children's page: Send us your stories of the Appalachian Trail. If you should have a problem with that link, the direct link is http://rohland.homedns.org/at//FlatStanley/submitStories/StanleyStories.asp. You can also always contact us at stanley@rohland.org if you are having difficulties submitting stories for the children's AT page.

Dancer
11-16-2006, 11:30
I love to kids and I love to write. I would be more than glad to participate during my Southbound thru-hike next year. I don't live near the trail so most of my prehike prep will not be on the AT but I will get back to you when I am ready to go.

Amazonwoman

LIhikers
11-16-2006, 16:56
when I click on your links, here's what I get......
Oops, we can't open the web page you requested ...
- Cannot Find Server - The web site you typed in could not be found on the internet.

schmuttis
11-18-2006, 10:24
AmazonWoman we'll be looking forward to your stories. I know the kids will be thrilled.

LIhikers - On Thursday, November 16th, we had a big wind storm here in PA and were without power for two hours. We no sooner got the power back and the cable went out for about an hour and a half. Many apologies for our outtage. I hope you try to visit our site again.