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Mt. Pleasant Area students 'unearth' time capsule

Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Sharing a laugh as well as their time capsule items are (from left) Mt. Pleasant Area Senior High School seniors Cassandra Alexander, Bruno Anys and Dante Porter.

Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:18 p.m.

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.

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