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Joplin Students Get Glimpse of Past Opening Time Capsule Buried 5 Years Ago

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Jefferson elementary school in Joplin unearths a time capsule.
Students cheered after the capsule buried for five years was pulled from the ground for opening.
Fifth grader Anastasia Stwyer helped remove it and said, "It was fun to know that what was in there was buried five years ago."  

A long time when you're a kid. Plastic bags pulled from the capsule contained  messages from the students like their future goals written on a cutout of their own feet.  And many with pictures. For fifth graders their hands kindergarten size with photos on them.
 
Haley Bresee said, "I could see what my friends looked like back then."  

Fourth grade teacher and capsule coordinator Dianne Hermann said, "I think kids need something to remember each segment of their education. And its such a fun thing to do for the kids to look back five years and see  what they did and keep that for a memory."

Anastasia adds,"I thought it was cool that they put in newspapers and  things that could remind us of how they were going through school then."

Burying a time capsule  at Jefferson elementary has been a tradition since 1991 and over the years Empire District Electric, the school’s business partner, says it’s learned a few tricks about how to bury  those precious items.


Rick Stockton with Empire said, "Used to we started out with line trucks and digging holes into ground with one single tube. Then we went to two tubes. Then went to water pipe. It has progressed over the years."

“A poster with everybody's hand print on it,” announces Hermann as students begin loading the capsule again for the future. 

Hermann said, "We get scholastic news magazines and one we used this year was who will be the next president. And we don't know that now but in five years from now we will. Other scholastic magazines going into the time capsule covered the tiny houses craze and Minecraft, a popular kids game. Hermann said, “We wanted things  that were topical. Things that were current in 2016." 

        The 2011 capsule was buried ten days before the May 22nd tornado. 
     This year a ribbon from the high school rebuilding was included with other tornado related items.
     Another time capsule from fifty years ago apparently exists on the campus but couldn't be found. School and Empire officials suspect its under newer construction. 


 

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