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Elementary school to bury time capsule to mark students' graduation

2012/06/15 23:10:45

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) Wen Ya Elementary School in Chiayi City will on June 20 mark the graduation of Grade 6 pupils by burying a time capsule that will not be unearthed until the year 2032.

The school in southern Taiwan decided to bury a time capsule because it wanted to do something special to celebrate the first graduation ceremony to be held at the school, which was only opened in 2008, said Huang Chin-mu, the school's principal.

The time capsule will allow graduates to have a more intimate connection with the school, Huang said, adding that he hopes the activity becomes a tradition for future graduates.

Along with letters written by students to their future selves, a stone plaque engraved with the word“create”will be placed in the time capsule, stated Huang, who explained the graduates worked together to come up with an appropriate word to be engraved on the plaque.

Lo Hsin-ya, whose choice of word was chosen, said that she chose "create" because it symbolizes new beginnings and not knowing what the future might hold.

When asked what they wrote in their letters, the students replied the contents were a secret and would only be revealed in 2032.

Other items in the time capsule include money, a DVD about the school and student rosters, as well as handmade dolls, bags and uniforms made by parents of the students.

Graduates Wang Ching-yi and Chieh Cheng-jen expressed their delight at being able to participate in the event and said they look forward to coming back in 20 years to see everyone again and open the time capsule.

They stated that they hope everyone will strive hard to fulfill their dreams in the meantime.

(By Chiang Chun-liang and I-Ling Chen)