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Time capsule from 1993 opened at Summit Middle School

The time capsule was sealed when the school first opened. It was left with strict instructions not to open it until November 1st, 2018-- 25 years in the future.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2018 7:40 PM
Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 6:09 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- For many people, 1993 doesn't feel like that long ago, but for students at Summit Middle School it's ancient history. 

That's why students were surprised to find out the contents of a 25 year old time capsule hidden in their school. 

"I'm only 14, so this is before I was born, which is pretty crazy to think about," said Meghan Kelley, an 8th grader. 

The time capsule was sealed when the school first opened. It was left with strict instructions not to open it until November 1st, 2018-- 25 years in the future. 

"I remember that it happened, but I don't remember any of the items that went into it. It's been fun to watch. We've all been kind of guessing what might be in there," said Sue Jehl, a band director who has taught at Summit since it opened. 

Students found posters, magazines, and even cassette tapes. There were also newspapers and letters from former students. 

"I was a little surprised about the Life magazines and how different they looked, because I was looking at the covers and they looked pretty different. And then, some of the posters, I don't know who half those people are," Kelley said. 

It was a day of memories for Jehl and other past and present staff members. 

"To those of us that have been around, It seems like it was almost just yesterday," she said. 

For others, it was a day of learning. 

"It feels like it was a while ago, just because the technology and stuff is very different," said Thomas Hill, an 8th grader. 

The school has plans to put together another time capsule for 2043. The question on my mind was: What will you put inside? 

"I would probably put in something from the school's musical, because we're the only middle school in SACS to do a musical," Kelley said. 

"It's kind of weird, but maybe, like, fidget spinners," said Ronin Wise, a 7th grader. 

But, we won't know what will be inside for another 25 years. 

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