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  • One of the letters to the future sixth graders was in pristine shape.




  • Students waited intently to see what was in the bucket.




  • The bucket top contained the names of the students who participated back in 2008.




  • Digging up the bucket caused much anticipation for the students.



After being promoted onwards to Macopin Middle School, the sixth graders of Maple Road Elementary School’s class of 2008 made a pact to return to the school the day before graduating high school in 2014 for a special uncovering of their memories in the sixth grade. It was tradition for the sixth graders in Thomas Antonucci’s classes to put together a time capsule, in which each student would contribute something they would uncover six years later.

Sixteen students from Antonucci’s class of 2008 returned to their old stomping ground at on Tuesday, June 24, the day before they were to graduate from West Milford High School. Maple Road alumni Sami Stanton said she can’t believe how fast time flew by,

“It felt like just yesterday we were there and then all of a sudden it was six years later and we were opening the time capsule," said Sami. "It was great to see everyone together before we go our separate ways.”

Even though water and mud had seeped into the bucket over time, some of the items inside were still identifiable. Some of the items left by students were notes, cap erasers, fun toys, notebooks, and pictures.

After digging up the capsule, the alumni watched a slideshow put together by their former teacher of pictures from their time in class. The pictures included class trips, field day, the infamous tailgate party, their spring musical "Aladdin,"and much more.

Before being promoted, the sixth graders wrote letters to future students in Antonucci’s classes with their advice and with what to expect in the sixth grade. Looking at her letter, alumni Gillian Todd said it looked like her handwriting was better back then but it also brought up some forgotten memories.

"It brought back random memories that happened that I had completely forgotten about.”

The night was a huge success as classmates said their final good byes. The memories and friendships made over the years together will stay with them for years to come.

- Rachael Janz

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