It was 20 years ago this month that a group of five students at Burnsview Secondary in North Delta gathered to put together a time capsule for a writing class.
In the two decades since, that capsule, containing artifacts from a time when Nirvana was the biggest band in the world and MTV showed music videos, has been moved, lost and found again, and is now set to be opened come Friday.
For Karl Moser, the teacher who used the time capsule as a way to motivate his writing students to submit material they deemed worthwhile, the capsule is a chance for him to make good on a promise he made to his students 20 years ago, and perhaps see what they're up to these days.
"For me, it mattered that I follow through on what my students had intended when they set this up," he said.
Moser eventually ended up moving on from Burnsview, becoming vice principal at Delta Secondary and then principal at Delview Secondary before retiring in 2008. However, throughout all those years, Moser has made sure to keep track of the capsule for this very moment.
That included making sure the capsule survived a renovation at Burnsview in 2005, which saw the removal of the wall the capsule was stored in. A teacher saved the capsule and it was moved around the school in subsequent years before finally being dusted off earlier this year in anticipation for the opening.
"I called in the spring to make sure it was still there and then a few months later, the secretary found it in the catacombs under the stage, covered in dust," said Moser.
And so, 20 years after the fact, the artifacts inside will have eyes on them again, and hopefully some of the same eyes that saw them sealed up back in 1992, as Moser has made every attempt to reach out to the original students who took part in the project.
At press time, Moser had managed to reach out to three of the five students involved in the project, but was still looking for former students Jennifer Buckley and Kim Stone.
"They were students in 1992 and would probably have been in Grade 10 in 1992 (at Burnsview), and 1994 grads of North Delta Secondary," said Moser.
To find them, and others who attended the school in the past, Moser has set up a Facebook page called Burnsview 40th Anniversary/Reunion, for all former students to reconnect.
"We have over 1,000 people who've joined," said Moser.
As for the future, Moser is hopeful a new group of students will consider putting another time capsule together to be opened in another 20 years.
The opening of the capsule, which coincides with the school's 40th anniversary, will take place Friday, Nov. 23 at Burnsview Secondary school at 7658 112th St., Delta. The reunion portion will be an open house from 3 to 8 p.m., and the capsule will be opened between 6 and 7 p.m. The event is open to everyone.
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