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November 8, 2007
by: DAVID SCHULTE World Staff Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
A bit of Union Public Schools will be sealed in a carbon steel vessel as part of the Oklahoma Centennial celebration.
Elementary students recently placed items in miniature time capsules that represented their schools.
Those time capsules and others from businesses and organizations will be placed in the steel vessel Saturday at Veterans Park in commemoration of the state's centennial.
Many of the time capsules will be returned to the original owners when Oklahoma celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2057.
Cherry Redus, a gifted and talented teacher at Cedar Ridge Elementary School, 9817 S. Mingo Road, coordinated efforts to make sure students participated in the celebration.
"I thought this would be cool because my theme for this year is 100 cheers for 100 years, so we're actually studying the Centennial in classes," Redus said.
Kay Bales, a gifted and talented teacher at McAuliffe Elementary School, 6515 S. Garnett Road in Broken Arrow, remembers festivities that surrounded the state's 50th anniversary and wanted her students to have as much fun celebrating Oklahoma's centennial.
"I was 8 years old in the 50th anniversary and rode in a parade in Ponca City," Bales said. "I am sitting on top of a float with my friends."
At McAuliffe, fourth-graders wrote essays that included their hobbies, interests and vision for what the world will be like in 2057.
As part of the time capsule project at Cedar Ridge, students were asked what they thought they would be doing in 50 years.
"I think I will be retired, and I will be sitting in a rocking chair, knitting," said Rachel Gunther, fourth-grader.
One of the items students placed in the time capsule was a sample of the school menu.
In a landslide, students picked pizza as their favorite food that they hoped would still be around in 2057.
Students also placed a school T-shirt in the time capsule so when it is opened in 50 years, it will help them remember what school was like.
Other items in the time capsules from Cedar Ridge and McAuliffe included school newsletters, a pencil, a mini video containing special school events and Union badges.
What: Celebration and parade
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: From the 4800 block of Peoria Avenue to Veterans Park, 18th Street and Boulder Avenue.
For more: Call 615-4698 or go to www.tulsaworld.com/tulsatimecapsule.