LHS Class of 2010 teams up with past grads

LHS Class of 2010 holds time capsule ceremony

Liverpool High School seniors and graduates of the Class of 1986 met for a ceremony May 24 to rebury a time capsule that was interned 27 years ago and recently uncovered.

Construction workers accidentally hit the time capsule with a backhoe while doing construction on the turf in late March, said Jim Chrisfield, who teaches Participation in Government at LHS.

The construction workers brought the now-dented blue-and-orange metal garbage can to the office of executive principal Greg Avellino. Avellino then turned the capsule over to Chrisfield, who seized the opportunity to make a project out of it for his senior government students.

The 26 students in Chrisfield's class broke into teams to make a new time capsule, to plan the ceremony, to reach out to the members of the Class of 1986 and invite them, and to contact various media organizations.

"The idea was to build community," Chrisfield said.

Denise Eaton, Class of 1986, said she remembered putting together the time capsule in Mr. Spears' ninth-grade social studies class in 1983. Eaton's contribution to the time capsule was a handwritten note detailing what one might find in the average American home at that time.

Not only did the Class of 2010 students include everything from the 1983 time capsule, but they also brought in items to represent modern times, senior Imogen Whyte said.

To the 1983 items like a list of slang, a class schedule, a notice from cutting class, and articles about popular bands of the time, the seniors of 2010 added a new list of slang, a video game controller, a mix CD of popular songs, a list of average prices of common items, and a Twinkie, among other things.

But a time capsule wasn't the only thing uniting the Class of '86 Monday night. Several 1986 graduates stopped by the ceremony after attending the wake of classmate Laurie Koval-Ward, who passed away last week.

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