1997 student time capsule moved to North Bay Elementary
Feb 22, 2013, 21:22
The hidden past came to light last week when students at North Bay Elementary reburied several time capsules that had been in the ground for 15 years.
Students in Melanie Whitaker's elementary gifted classes buried the time capsules in 1997 on the grounds of then Second St. Elementary School in downtown Bay St. Louis. The building is currently for sale, and the district decided to relocate the capsules to the campus of North Bay Elementary.
Brad Ladner, who is now a teacher at Bay High School, was a fifth-grade student in Mrs. Whitaker's class and remembers the experience well. The class placed items to represent the year in three pickle jar containers. Ladner contributed football cards. Each student also signed a letter addressed to students who will be in school in 2022, the year that the class planned to excavate the capsule.
"It's a great opportunity for current students to learn about some of the history that we went through back in 1997,” said Ladner. “The things ranged from something representing Green Bay winning the Super Bowl all the way down to a T.V. Guide. Most of these kids nowadays don't even know what a T.V. Guide is.”
Ladner, along with Brennen Thomas and Brennan Adam, who were also students in Mrs. Whitaker's class, and Adam's father, Scott, who helped bury the time capsules in 1997, dug through the grounds on the old campus, using a photo from the Sea Coast Echo to help them remember the location. Students and faculty from North Bay Elementary were on hand to help rebury the capsules, where they will remain until they are opened in 2022.