A sixth grade student from Adna, Wash. says, thanks to friendly people in Newfoundland and Labrador, his geography project received the highest mark in the class.

Dalton Spencer told CBC two months ago that he wanted people to send him information about what makes the province so special.

Shortly after, his mailbox was overwhelmed with parcels from people across the province.

"You could probably stack it up," Spencer said. "It was probably five feet by five feet — it would cover that big an area and be about five feet tall."

He received a variety of items from the province, including food, maps, books and flags.

"Somebody sent me a very, very nice painting that they had made — all sorts of stuff," he said.

Spencer said his teacher was impressed with the amount of effort he put into the project.

"He had never had anybody do a report like that, and he absolutely loved all the food," Spencer said.

Spencer got the highest mark in the class with 110 per cent.

Touched by response

Spencer said he and his family were surprised at the immediate response they got from the province.

He said he's made some great friends through the project, and that he's still receiving packages in the mail.

Spencer received so many books that he will be donating many of them to his school library.

"People sent me books, and I'm going to give [my school] all of the non-fiction books that aren't signed to me," he said.

He said the connection he feels to the province has grown strong.

"I feel just like a Newfoundlander and Labradorian would — I feel very close to [the province]," Spencer said. "You guys are amazing."

Spencer and his family hope to visit Newfoundland and Labrador someday soon.