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Granbury student's Flat Stanley gets to watch movies, bowl at the White House

Anson Graft, 10, poses with his Flat Stanley class assignment that he mailed to the White House. He received an official letter from the White House thanking him for sending his class assignment.
Anson Graft, 10, poses with his Flat Stanley class assignment that he mailed to the White House. He received an official letter from the White House thanking him for sending his class assignment. Courtesy

A 10-year-old student at Lakeside Baptist Academy in Granbury figured he had nothing to lose and mailed his class project, a Flat Stanley doll, to President Donald Trump at the White House.

Evidently, it was impressive enough to warrant a written letter from the White House.

Melanie Graft posted the letter to Facebook on Tuesday, showing her son Anson smiling from ear to ear with the letter in one hand and his Flat Stanley in the other.

"He had the idea of sending Stanley to the White House, knowing all along it was a long shot that we would ever hear anything," Graft said in an email. "But today there was a first-class letter waiting for him at our front door from the White House with a letter from President Trump enclosed."

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Anson Graft, 10, mailed his Flat Stanley class assignment to the White House. He received an official letter from the White House thanking him for sending his class assignment. Melanie Graft Courtesy

She said her son was assigned the project by his teacher, Virginia Fisher, who is retiring this year, and he wanted to make his final project for her special.

"This made his day," she said.

The letter, dated May 1, 2018, from the White House said Trump's staff was pleased to meet Flat Stanley and wanted to let Anson know that he had an official visit and even received a badge. During the visit, Flat Stanley learned about the executive branch, the history of the American presidency and all the families that have resided at the White House, according to the letter. He was respectful and a great listener, it said.

His Flat Stanley also got to watch a movie in the White House Family Theater and hang out at the Truman Bowling Alley, the letter said.

"Your decision to send Flat Stanley to Washington shows that you understand the importance of being active in the life of our great nation," the White House wrote in the letter. "It is my hope that his journey to the White House will inspire you and your friends to continue learning more about our history and system of government."

Anson said he was worried his original Flat Stanley might never return when he mailed him to the White House. So he sent a photocopy instead.

"We had taken vacations with this Flat Stanley, so my mom helped me make a photocopy to put in the mail," he said.

Turns out he needn't have worried. The project made it back a few weeks later. When Anson got home from school on Tuesday, he found the letter attached to the front door of his house.

"I was very excited," he said. "I also got an A-plus for my class assignment, too!"

Graft said she and Anson were honored.

"We are grateful that Trump's administration took the time to respond to a 10-year-old's request and dream," she said.

Graft said Flat Stanley will sit inside a safe in their home with the letter until they get a frame to display them in their home.

President Trump led a listening session on health care on Monday morning, listening to the stories of several participants. One participant started by reading a note from his 11-year-old son who wanted him to give the Trump-inspired note to the pr

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