By Sue Botos
Several faces from the past assembled at Goldwood Primary School last week to help current students, staff and administrators put together a gift for the future.
Students in preschool through second grade, some sporting festive hats in support of the upcoming Relay For Life, walked onto the floor of the school’s multipurpose room as students, teachers and visitors like Mayor Pam Bobst, Superintendent Michael Shoaf and school board President Jon Fancher made their contributions to a Goldwood time capsule.
“This preserves a moment in time. It reflects the past and preserves the present,” school board Vice President and former Goldwood Principal Jean Rounds told the group. She acknowledged the retirees, including a number of teachers and past Principal Marianne Winemiller, who spent 35 years with the district, for helping to create the memories being placed in the weatherproof gray box. Rounds, who spearheaded the time capsule project, said that while it was good to be back at Goldwood, she still misses “the hugs from the kids.”
Rounds revealed that the box will be buried in the Goldwood garden, to be opened in the year 2048, when the current second-graders will be celebrating their 25th high school class reunion.
Kindergarten teacher Brenda Goodman and preschool teacher Brian Smith, who coordinated the project with the help of Principal Carol Rosiak, assisted as various groups of students and individuals came forward to place items in the capsule. Rosiak recalled doing a time capsule when she was in kindergarten, and how fun it was to open years later.
Preschoolers contributed books that they had made, predicting what they would be when they grew up. “I want to be a firefighter,” said Manny Nieves, dropping his book into the box. Kindergartners added some “sight word books” they had been studying, while first-graders dropped in items representing units of study, including one about Washington, D.C.
The second-graders, who could be revisiting these items in 35 years, and teacher Kristen Hargett added mementos of their studies of penguins and fossils, and several collages.
As for Shoaf, he supplied copies of teacher and administrator contracts, which he explained to the children as being special “agreements,” and a copy of “The Cat in the Hat,” which he said would be signed by all the students in the school.
Staff members representing art, music and physical education also contributed, as well as the technology department, which contributed a picture of a typewriter, already an obsolete item. Student-composed music, a current yearbook and pictures of school buses were also included. Information about lice went in the capsule with the hope, according to one staff member, that the pests will be long forgotten by then. Custodians, secretaries and lunch aides also added to the growing collection.
Goldwood PTA President Chris Albano added a Pirates T-shirt and a list of school events for the upcoming year.
Fancher added a pin with the logo “RR” as well as a document outlining current “standards for English teachers.”
Finally, Bobst presented a letter that she had written to the future mayor and City Council in the year 2048. In it she gave an overview of the city, highlighting accomplishments over the past several years, including weathering the deepest recession the country has seen in 50 years. She also included a DVD of her 2013 state of the city address. “It is our hope that you will still have a DVD player available that will allow you to view the presentation – we know how rapidly technology changes,” she said.