Lakeside Elementary in Chisago City opens time capsule

Updated: December 20, 2019 12:59 PM

Elementary school students in Chisago City got a chance to take a look into the past.

A time capsule, put into the ground 80 years ago, was opened Friday at Lakeside Elementary School.


About 800 students attend Lakeside, compared to the less than 200 students that attended the school in 1939.

"There were coins, there were stamps, there were members of the PT," said Dean Jennissen, the Superintendent of Chisago Lakes Public Schools. "I was really struck by the cursive writing of all the people involved, including the students, all of the students got a chance to sign their names and just beautiful handwriting, and that's maybe something we have lost."

The original school was built in 1921, and years later, a gym was added where the time capsule was placed. 

The school and community held a formal event to mark the occasion. It was an event that made the front page of the newspaper.

Now decades later, a brand new elementary school has been built and hundreds of students got to see what was inside of the time capsule as they watched together.

Jennissen says the opening of the time capsule is a way to remember the history but also look to the future.         

"All the events that we did from the groundbreaking, that was almost to the day what they did in 1939, we did in 2018," Jennissen said. "To us it was really important to have the students involved all along because that is what this is all about. Even in the superintendent's remarks from 1939, he said this is about the success of students and so for us, as we look back, but we look forward, it's always with a student in mind."

Lakeside Elementary School plans to do their own time capsule in the spring

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