The staff and students of Stettler Elementary School took a trip to the past during their final school assembly of the year.
School administration had been granted permission by the school board to open up a section of wall in the school and recover a trio of time capsules that were placed when the school underwent renovations in the fall of 1992.
In the first capsule was a preserved newspaper from when the Toronto Blue Jays when the 1992 World Series, as well as a couple of other newspapers, and a “day in the life” booklet from the youngest school grades.
In the second capsule was a video cassette tape, and notes from students on their favourite pastimes.
In the third capsule was a letter from then-principal Malcolm Fischer which was dated Dec. 3, 1992.
In addition to the news papers, letters and notes, each capsule also contained student identification cards, some of whose owners were on hand for the opening.
Sharon Fischer, the current principal of Stettler Elementary School, had some of the former students come up and read the notes they had written so long ago.
Along with the contents of the 1992 time capsules, there were also items recovered from the original 1957 time capsule that was placed when the school was originally built. That capsule was located in 1992 and some of the items were relocated into the 1992 capsules.
In conjunction with the time capsule openings, Stettler Elementary School celebrated the accomplishments of the students in the cross country running program during the 2021/2022 school year.
The program dates back 15 years and Stettler had a good showing in 2022.
In all grade levels, students placed in the top 20 with some even breaking the top 10 for the ages.
Finally, the assembly was bittersweet as well for the staff and students, as it meant saying goodbye to Fischer and two other teachers as they retire at the end of the school year.