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Time Capsule Reveals Treasured Memories

It has been 7 years since Cottageville Elementary School Reading Coach Kristie Long and her class of 5th graders buried a box of memories at Northside Elementary School. In 2011, Long was working at Northside Elementary School as a 5th grade ELA teacher. As the end of the year approached, Long could begin to see how nervous her students were becoming about their transition to middle school so she came up with a plan. “This was a special group of kids and they were sad and nervous about leaving elementary school and going to the middle school,” Long said, “So I just came up with the idea that we would bury a time capsule with some memories in it and dig it up right before they graduated.” So seven years later that is exactly what they did.

On Thursday, May 17th Long along with her former students, who are currently Seniors at Colleton County High School gathered together again to see the memories they held so dear 7 years prior. “We all promised to get back together right before graduation and open it up,” Long said, “So, we buried it right outside my classroom door!”

Although years have passed since the students were in Long’s class, they never stopped finding opportunities to remind her about the time capsule and their promise to one another that they would open it. “Every time I ran into one of my former students they reminded me about the time capsule,” Long said, “Then a teacher from the high school emailed and said her students were asking her to contact me to see if we could open it.” The turnout for the event left Long amazed, “About 35-40 students came last Thursday and we dug it up,” Long said. Although time and dirt had found its way inside, the treasured memories were still awaiting Long and her students. “In the box was a school yearbook from Northside Elementary, an agenda/ calendar, some student IDs, a microphone from their 5th grade Talent Show, some flower leis, frisbees from the end of the year 5th grade Luau, and some personal items the kids wanted to include.” Although there were many items inside the time capsule that sprung up memories for Long and her students, there was one thing that truly brought the memories back to life. “There was a cd full of pictures from our field trips and activities from that year including cheerleading, football, Roarin 20’s dance, Gold Rush dig, field trips to the Aquarium, Yorktown, and the End of the Year 5th grade dance,” Long said, “Looking back at those old pics made us all laugh and cry!” Long did not take this journey alone as some of her fellow teachers from 2011 joined alongside her on this day. “We were a very close teaching staff, Lesley Utsey, Kimberly Wood, and me,” Long said, “And we loved those students. It was great to see them again and how much they had matured and grown. They were excited to tell us their college or career plans. It’s amazing to know you have a made such a difference in someone’s education and made learning fun for them!”

Amye Stivender (218 Posts)