Archive for Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Time capsule’ gives seniors view of younger selves

March 24, 2004

Last Wednesday afternoon, Tonganoxie High School seniors came face to face with the kids they used to be.

The students read letters and facts about themselves that they wrote when they were in the eighth grade.

"I have changed a lot," said Stephanie Downs. "Some of the stuff in my life I wrote as important then isn't in my life anymore. I wrote that I liked Beanie Babies -- I don't have those anymore."

When in the eighth grade at Tonganoxie Junior High School, two teachers -- Mary Dawson and Denise LaRosh -- had asked the students to complete two writing assignments -- a letter to themselves telling about their hopes and dreams, and answers to various questions about their lives.

The "time capsule" of sort, said Dawson, was actually a plastic storage box in which the papers have since been stored. Dawson said the original project was to celebrate the millennium. Both she and LaRosh said they hadn't done the projects since, but likely would do more of them in the future.

Senior Tim Leffert organized Wednesday's senior

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