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BMS Students, Staff Bury Time Capsule to Commemorate Historic Year

In 10 years, Belton Middle School seventh-grader Canaan Hammonds will be 23 and, hopefully, living his dream of being an actor. 

“I'd like to be singing, designing, maybe being a teacher,” the 13-year-old Student Council vice president said. “It seems like a really long way off.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Hammonds and about 30 of his classmates, along with teachers and staff, buried a time capsule commemorating the 2020-2021 school year. The artifacts won’t be dug up until 2031.

“We were looking for a way to celebrate the opening of BMS and document the historic nature of this year,” said principal Stacie Seveska. “This is the culmination of a school-wide effort.”

A tree was planted in front of the school near where the capsule was buried. A plaque will mark the exact location. 

Inside the capsule are relics from the year, Seveska said - copies of calendars and bell schedules, newspaper articles touting the school’s athletic success and the opening of a warming station during the historic February winter storm, a stuffed tiger donated from North Belton Middle School and a T-shirt celebrating the school’s opening. The pandemic was represented with floor stickers used to remind the school community to maintain 6’ distance, keyboard keys from student Chromebooks and a custom BMS mask.

“We’re hoping the mask stays in that capsule,” Seveska told the crowd. “We don’t want to have to bring it back out.”

Also inside the capsule are letters current students wrote to the school’s future students telling them about campus life during the 2020-2021 school year.

“I wrote about how we have to wear masks and walk one way down the hall,” Hammonds said. “It was difficult explaining all the things that are trending now.”

Seveska told the students a lot can happen in a decade and that some of them will likely be high school graduates, college grads, possibly married and completing stints in the military by the time the capsule reemerges in a decade. 

“‘Time is like a river,’” she read from an anonymous quote. “You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of your life.’ Hopefully you will come back in 10 years and say, ‘I was at that ceremony.’”

A 23-year-old Hammonds might be among the crowd when the capsule is dug up.

“I was excited to be part of the process,” he said. “If I’m available in a decade, I’ll try to come back. It’d be cool to see the students and their reaction.”

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June 2, 2021