Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Splashville (Population: 550) Stockton Elementary Has Its Own Little Town Where Students Can Open Savings Accounts, Write Letters and Work like Their Parents

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Splashville (Population: 550) Stockton Elementary Has Its Own Little Town Where Students Can Open Savings Accounts, Write Letters and Work like Their Parents

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Splashville, Florida's newest town, has opened for

business.

Its town center is located in the back of the cafetorium

at Stockton Elementary School in Ortega Forest.

But make no mistake. Despite the unusual location, its

550 "residents" can make deposits at their own bank, mail

letters at their own post office, recycle grocery bags at

their own recycling center and buy pencils and paper at

their own general store.

Splashville the students chose the name because the

dolphin is their mascot encompasses the entire school.

Each classroom has a street name, such as Back-Breaking

Boulevard and Manatee Lane, and its own post office box.

Each cluster of classrooms has its own neighborhood name,

such as Dolphin Harbor and Dolphin Creek Estates.

The town center consists of four storefronts whose sturdy

faux marble and brick facades were built by members of the

dad's club, painted by the PTA and designed by Suzanne Ikemoto,

who conducts an art program at Stockton and whose son is

a first-grader there.

At the town center's grand opening on Monday, the post

office got off to a gangbuster start. There was so much

mail 500 pieces from students, parents and faculty that

it will take several days to sort and deliver, said 10-year-old

Lindsay Clark, Splashville's postmaster.

The center evolved out of a desire by school administrators,

teachers and parents for the children to start savings accounts

and improve their writing skills, said Principal Sara Hollander.

Thus a bank in conjunction with First Union and a post office

in tandem with the U.S. Postal Service were

established.

Then it was decided to create the concept of a town with

a center that also included Stockton's recycling bin, the

green machine from which pencils and paper are sold and lost

and found articles.

The post office is part of the Postal Service's Wee Deliver

program. And you can forget Marilyn and Elvis stamps. The

students have designed their own dolphin and flower versions.

Once stamped, their letters are dropped off in a blue mailbox

outside the cafetorium. …

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