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Students capture a moment in time

Capsule and memories will be revisited in 2034

Posted: June 8, 2009 9:33 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Bridgeport Elementary sixth-graders examine the contents of their time capsule, at the right of the table, that will be buried in the school's atrium and opened in 2034.

 
With help from teachers and administrators, Bridgeport Elementary School's class of 2009 prepared and buried a time capsule made up of modern-day items Thursday as a keepsake for future generations.

The school's time capsule dedication ceremony brought city officials, school administration and sixth-grade students to bury the capsule, which won't be opened until the year 2034.

"It feels good to know that we are a part of history because it also reminds us that we are a part of the future" said sixth-grader Hannah Elzer, 12.

Each of the four sixth-grade classes at the school donated a different item to the capsule, including a 42-cent Abraham Lincoln "Rail-Splitter" first-class postage stamp and a digital camera with a memory card containing a class picture.

Other items donated to the capsule, which has been registered with the International Time Capsule Society, included a class awards list, which recognizes students for "Best Hair" and "Best Style."

"I won the award for best smile," said sixth-grader Gabriela Kurtz, 12. "I've been given the opportunity to get straighter and whiter teeth because of how we live today. I'm happy about that."

Another sixth-grade class made a DVD of their progress throughout the school year, documenting the time they spent in class and on projects.

Bridgeport opened for enrollment in 2002, obtaining its first group of kindergarteners that year.

Those kindergartners from the school's initial year are this year's graduating class and have been coined the "primary class" at Bridgeport Elementary.

"We are so proud of these students," said Jacque Saucer, president of the Parent-Teacher Association. "They are part of Bridgeport's first family, and will always be a part of its growing history."

Saucer had the initial idea for the time capsule, which would mark the progress the school has made since its inception.

"I just thought of how great it would be to represent this time in history and how the students felt," Saucer said. "It was a historic year already, so this capsule was just going to add more significance for the students about their place in history right now."

One of the items in the capsule was a survey of six questions that was given to the entire class of sixth-graders.

One of the questions in the survey asked the students their opinion on what was remarkable about the year 2009.

Saucer found an overwhelming number of student answers commented on the election of Barack Obama as president.

"What was even more touching was in their essays," Saucer said.

The essay question asked each student to write a paragraph to the class of 2034 expressing their hopes and wishes for the future.

"Almost every student wrote that they are living in a pretty grim world right now, but they have hope for the future and encourage future students to have hope as well," she said.

Graduating sixth-grader Mason Maddox, 11, has hopes for a new day.

"This time capsule is to show that things can get better," Maddox said. "The items we put in the capsule are things that show respect for ourselves, other people and our world. If we feel this way now, just think of how much better the future can really be."

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