By Ed Harris
There was just one question on the minds of a group of Southington High School seniors as they opened a time capsule held in storage at South End Elementary School since 2006: Do you think the Twinkies are still edible?
It is a South End School tradition to “bury” a time capsule for each graduating fifth grade class. The students put items in a multi-gallon white pail during the class’s annual recognition ceremony. The capsule is then opened just before students from that class graduate from Southington High School, with the current fifth grade students at South End looking on.
“Every year they come back,” said South End fifth grade teacher Rita Stearns. “They’re so excited.”
Some of the items that were left in the 2006 capsule included the Twinkies (which were rock hard), a Red Sox hat, pictures and students letters to themselves.
“I’ve been waiting for this since the sixth grade,” Shannon Perry told the South End students as she flipped through the items she had left in the capsule. The items included Flat Stanley paraphernalia and a few “horrid” fifth grade photos.
Many of the students had left themselves questions, such as are you still friends with that person or dating this other person? The former South End students laughed and smiled as they read through the questions they left themselves.
The former South End students also reminisced about their days at the school with teachers and held a question and answer session with the current students.
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By Ed Harris