Although it serves first- through fourth-graders, the final meeting of the year for Community Learning Center (CLC) was abuzz with the excited energy of high school students. Students who had been part of the alternative program in their elementary-school years were invited by CLC teachers Laia Hansen and Cheryl Beehan to return to the campus and open a pair of “time capsules” that had been sealed in 2000.
Much was made at the time of the changeover to a new millennium, and as a creative writing exercise typical of CLC’s fun, hands-on learning style, the children wrote their predictions and aspirations on posters. The time capsules – large PVC pipes with stoppers glued tightly onto either end – held the rolled-up posters, which were handed out and read aloud in a fun party atmosphere by the 20 or so students.
The posters contained dreams, tender expressions of love for family members and friends, and prognostications – some wacky, some surprisingly realistic, others poignant.