(From left – Mark Rose, Board of Education President; Ghantel Gueno-Perkins, Assistant Principal; Sammy Assil,5th Grade; Abigail Horta, 5th Grade; RaShone Franklin, Principal; Jalen Anderson, 5th Grade
) When the students at Balmoral Elementary buried their first time capsule in 1986, the world population was 4.9 billion, the median household income was $25K, the Nintendo Video Game was first introduced, and a ‘tweet’ was a sound that a bird made. Times certainly do change and the Balmoral Elementary Class of 1986 showed current students just how much when their time capsule was unearthed last school year. “The opening celebration was an unforgettable experience that included alumni, retired teachers, and over 300 guests,” said Principal RaShone Franklin. The opening of the original time capsule made such an impact on students that the administration and staff at Balmoral Elementary decided to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary by reburying a time capsule. A celebration was held on Thursday, May 17, with the theme of “A Walk through Time.” Over 100 students, parents, staff, Board of Education members, and alumni gathered to bury the time capsule that will be opened on the school’s 75th anniversary.
The ceremony included guest speakers, student dedications, and poetry readings. Each Balmoral family and former alumni was asked to engrave their family name on a personalized Balmoral Elementary dog tag to be placed in the capsule. The capsule content from the Class of 1986 will be combined with items from current students such as letters to their future self, videos, scrapbook pages, and artifacts.
“The time capsule’s closing reminded us of how much things really change over the years and what new ideas impact our lives. Each of our families kept one of their engraved dog tags as a keepsake and the other was buried in the time capsule. The thought is for families to come back 25 years from now and retrieve the dog tag. Obviously over 25 years families will change. We think those changes will make this small token special,” said Principal Franklin.
The burial vault is engraved “Balmoral Elementary 1986-2012 open in 2037” and is located in the courtyard of the school.