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The third grade class at Bryant made a cardboard cutout of Oliver, the lead character from a book they were reading. He has since gone missing while traveling to area businesses. 

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Third grade students at Bryant Elementary are hoping someone has seen Oliver K. Woodman.

Oliver is the lead character in “The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman,” a story they’ve been reading. The character is made of wood and travels across the country, getting help from the people he meets along the way and reporting back with letters.

As part of the project students created their own Oliver -- this one out of cardboard and carrying a backpack and journal inside. They dropped him off at the fire station, with a note asking people that see him to take him to another location around town, checking in with the class along the way.

Teacher Erin Bearden Finstad says that after they dropped him off at the firehouse on March 22, the class received emails on his journey from the Starbucks on Prospect Avenue, Safeway, Planet Fitness, Sportsmen’s Warehouse and a note that he was on his way to Bank of the Rockies. Then news of Oliver dried up.

“We haven’t heard anything from anybody for about a week and a half and we’re just wondering where he is,” she said. “We’re just hoping he isn’t in a recycling bin somewhere.”

Anyone who knows of Oliver’s whereabouts can email Finstad at

Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin


Natural Resources Reporter

Natural Resources Reporter / Assistant Editor for The Independent Record.

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