Decades-old time capsule discovered at Richland elementary school
RICHLAND, Wash — Talks of tearing down an elementary school in Richland led to a new discovery. A time capsule was found inside the walls of Jefferson Elementary.
The excitement was felt as dozens of community members gathered at the school Friday to see what was inside.
Maintance crews popped off a placard at the school’s entrance and removed the time capsule.
Inside the silver box they found a phone book, a list of the school’s staff, minutes from a school board meeting, and coincidentally an article about building a new school.
“Another thing that was interesting or ironic was that there was a couple articles about tearing down Jefferson,” said Bobbi Buttars, current principal. “Since I was hired here there have been talks about tearing Jefferson down.”
She said a new time capsule will be put in when classes start back up again in the fall. They aren’t sure what will go inside but they want students to help make that decision.
The school’s principal from 1982 was also there. He said there might be other time capsules hidden throughout the school.
“There is a courtyard on the inside of the school, two courtyards. And I know of several teachers put time capsules in there with their kids,” said Jerry Lane, former principal.
He said they haven’t been dug up yet.