Adena Time Capsule

Adena Time Capsule Sends Graduates Back to Sixth Grade
Posted on 05/29/2019
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Members of the class of 2019 returned to Adena Elementary School to open time capsules they created in sixth grade. The end of the school year has many students celebrating the start of summer vacation, but for seniors, they’re also looking ahead to what comes next after graduation...and some are even looking back.

Adena Elementary School welcomed back 143 seniors from the class of 2019 to take a walk down memory lane. Six years ago, these seniors filled time capsules while in their final year at Adena and, on May 15, had the opportunity to open them for the first time.

The cafeteria was filled with laughter, hugs and stories as students gathered around to open their capsules, made from empty Pringles’ cans. Most didn’t remember what they had included and many questions such as, “Why do we have yellow yarn?” (it was their height in sixth grade) while squeals of, “Do you remember this?” could be heard throughout the room.

Michelle Thomann
 and Isabel Steen are both headed to Miami University in the fall. While Steen couldn’t remember exactly what she put in hers, Thomann did remember a necklace she included. Her biggest surprise? The amount of trinkets she included. “I remember having a lot of this stuff, but I don’t remember putting it in (the time capsule),” Thomann said.

The time capsule project has been around for over 20 years at Adena. Originally led by retired teacher Lori Combs, the school’s PTO is now coordinating for Adena’s sixth-graders. This year’s class answered a Q&A that included fun facts and information about themselves such as their favorite book and color. Current events, such as the price of gasoline, were also included.

Eli Knollman,
 Brendan Reedy and Nick Heaton were all surprised at the content of their time capsules. Knollman, who’s headed to Miami, packed his cub scout neckerchief. Reedy and Heaton, both future Bearcats, laughed as they read the letters they wrote to themselves explaining what was in their time capsules and why. Reedy included a picture of his dog while Heaton pulled out his sixth grade football jersey.

While seniors were the largest group there, parents, along with current and former Adena teachers also joined in the fun reminiscing with the class of 2019. “It was so nice to see so many current and former Adena staff members and families celebrating their All-Star memories with this year’s Lakota graduates-to-be,” said Adena Principal
 John Mattingly. “I love the legacy and the energy around this event!”