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Hamilton Elementary students describe fifth grade in 2117

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Fifth grade at Hamilton Elementary — should it still exist in the year 2117 — will be taught by robots in a seven-story metal school building equipped with walking televisions. Students at flying desks will arrive at school in their houses that transform into cars, and sit through classes that last all of one minute.

At least, that’s what the fifth-graders in Sherry Mann’s class imagined when they wrote letters for a time capsule to be buried at Biddle Mission Park in Carlisle.

The time capsule is a joint project of Carlisle’s East Side Neighbors Association and the Sertoma Club of Carlisle. The capsule will be placed at the entrance of a labyrinth currently under construction at the park.

“A hundred years from now, people are going to be opening this box and reading your letters,” said Roger Spitz, as he tapped the nondescript gray box.

In a touch of reality, Spitz said that barring any dramatic medical advances, the children are not likely to be around when the capsule is opened but their children or grandchildren will be there.

Mann pointed out that as the children have their own families they will be able to show them the rock marking the spot of the time capsule.

“You will be able to say you have something buried here,” she said.

Mann showed the students some of the items that have already been collected for the time capsule, such as crystals representing the crystal plants that used to operate in town, a phone book, old cellphones, and material from organizations like Carlisle Events and Downtown Carlisle Association.

Items are still be accepted for the time capsule. Those interested in donating may contact Roger Spitz at 249-5079.


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