Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kids Learn The Art of Stamp Collecting

Stanley Cotter, a founding member and former president of the Goebel Senior Center Stamp Club, was pleased with the attendance at the 10th annual Youth Stamp Day this past weekend at the senior center in Thousand Oaks," writes California's Ventura County Star reporter Robyn Flans.

Stanley is quoted in the article as saying, ""Our intent is to bring as many kids from the area as possible, probably from ages six to 12, which is when stamp collecting usually becomes a passion. Then when they become adults, sometimes along the line, they many pick it up again. Over the years we've averaged between 20 and 30 kids."

According to the report, "Children, parents and grandparents sifted through the large pile of cancelled stamps from all over the world provided by club members. They were allowed to take them to begin their own collections, which club members showed them how to do. They learned how to soak stamps off paper, and how to use hinges/mounts."

There were also games to match presidents with their stamps, as well as states and their stamps.

Simi Valley resident Austin Tenn, 10, has attended Youth Stamp Day three years in a row. On Saturday he came to get to his Boy Scout Merit Badge for stamp collecting.

"A few years ago, I won one of those big stamp collecting books and then the next year I got another for the entire world," Austin said. "I got a great way to collect stamps."

To read the entire article, click here.
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