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Don’t open until 2045: Tega Cay Elementary puts first year in time capsule

Books, magazines and other items went into the time capsule at Tega Cay Elementary School.
Books, magazines and other items went into the time capsule at Tega Cay Elementary School. jmarks@fortmilltimes.com

Some items wouldn’t fit, and others couldn’t find a place in the Tega Cay Elementary School time capsule.

“A school lunch,” said Principal Chris Gardner, reeling off failed suggestions. “We just weren’t sure what state that would be in in 30 years. Another suggestion was a kindergartner, but we didn’t have any parent volunteers.”

Many more practical items did make the box sealed up last week. There were class photos and magazines. A Farmer’s Almanac joined basketball tickets and lists of what was popular in 2014, the school’s first year, such a, according to media center staff, the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and books from the Harry Potter series.

The capsule went into the school vault, to be opened in 2045. Valerie Lawrence, committee chairwoman for the event, has a time capsule for each of her children and thought the idea could carry over to the first-year school.

“I thought, what a great way to commemorate our first year,” she said.

The last week of school ceremony had school leaders thinking about themselves in 30 years. Gardner figures he will be 78, maybe coming from Wellmore assisted living facility for the capsule’s grand reopening. Superintendent Chuck Epps said he’d like to see the box opened, too.

“I hope I’m around,” he said.

Should technology allow it, future Titans can watch a video where students and staff describe the school now, and how they think it might change in the coming decades.

“I don’t think we’ll have textbooks in 30 years,” Gardner says on the video. “We will still have teachers.”

Students talk about pizza dippers and veggies wraps. The describe how they would serve as principals for a day, settling mainly on canceled school or all-day recess.

Teachers talked about touchscreens and holographics, robo gym teachers and other ideas. Gardner said finding constants in 30 years is easier then guessing what will be different.

“You’ve still got to love kids, work with their parents and surround yourself with the best teachers,” he said of his job.

John Marks •  803-547-2353

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