Mt. Pleasant Area students 'unearth' time capsule
A group of Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School seniors returned to the elementary school from which they left in 2008 to unearth treasures they had buried there as elementary students.
Three “time capsules” were brought up from the bowels of the basement of Ramsay Elementary School where they were placed on Oct. 24, 2007.
“We were learning about time capsules at the time and I thought it would really be a cool project,” said Brandy Newill, teacher. At the time, there were 70 students in her sixth-grade social studies class.
“I had actually thought of going out and digging a hole but then I suggested putting them in the basement and they thought that idea was even cooler.”
Each of the students were asked to select one item to place in the box.
“I asked them to choose something that was a reflection of their perspectives, something that if someone opened this 100 years from now that they would know about them.”
Students' names were affixed to the items that were placed in three boxes.
“I put in books and that is just too funny,” said Cassandra Alexander, 18. “I'm surprised. I didn't remember what I had put in there.”
Bruno Anys, 17, was also surprised at the item he selected six years ago to be a part of the capsule project.
“I knew I had put in a video game but I didn't know it was this one,” Anys said of the “Destroy All Humans 2” tape. “I remember thinking that I was so cool playing a ‘T' rated game.”
Students compared their items and laughed at selections that ranged from newspapers and photos to play station units and jewelry.
“I put in a cap eraser,” said Josie Bender, admitting that she thinks she had forgotten about the assignment and just put the eraser in. “My friend Chris Russell put his play station in there.”
Bender said that she enjoyed the assignment and liked seeing what everyone had “buried.”
“This was awesome,” Bender said. “I couldn't remember what I put in and it's been fun seeing what everyone else did.”
Some students, such as Isabelle Fields, 18, put some extra thought into the project and placed a “popular things” brochure in the box, a sheet that listed what was popular in trends and culture in 2007.
Lauren Kaputa, 18, was especially excited about her “treasure” which was a CD.
“I put in a CD of popular songs from then and I am really excited to listen to it,” Kaputa said. She did not remember any of the songs on the CD. “I'm looking forward to seeing if I still like any of them.”
Newill is now a teacher at Norvelt Elementary School. She said the students were not the only ones who were forgetful. She didn't remember about the capsules.
“I told them then that we would bring them back up when they were seniors but I actually didn't even realize that they were seniors until one of them contacted me,” Newill said.
Newill said she may one day consider doing the project again with a different class.
“I might do it again especially after seeing how excited everyone is,” Newill said. “This was really nice.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Women to stand trial in theft of drugs from Norwin Pharmacy
- Fracking foes pack zoning discussion in Ligonier Township
- WCCC plans 25% tuition increase for 2015-16
- Dog found shot dead in cardboard box in Derry Township
- Westmoreland judge offers Court in the Classroom
- Westmoreland drug task force plans fundraising efforts
- Loyalhanna mother appeals conviction in beating of 3-month-old daughter
- Geneva College student died of heart-related natural causes, coroner says
- WCCC delays new building opening until fall
- Seder in Greensburg looks beyond Jewish community
- Police searching for man who pulled over high school student in Export