As she stood in line to pull an item from the time capsule sealed at the school 25 years ago, former BX Elementary Grade 5 teacher Isabel Bunning had memories of putting a running shoe in the capsule.
Bunning, who was known in 1986 as Ms. McKenzie, made it to the big yellow Rubbermaid tote box, looked inside and pulled from it, for all of the current students and staff at BX to see, a well-worn Stadia-brand sneaker.
The running shoe was one of many items pulled from the capsule, which was put together by staff and students in 1986, and Bunning was one of a number of former teachers who came to the school recently to unveil the capsule’s contents.
Now retired and living in North Vancouver, Bunning found out about the time capsule ceremony from an item that wasn’t around in 1986, the Internet.
“One of the previous students asked about the capsule on the BX site and wondered when it would be opened,” said Bunning, who taught at BX for 14 years.
“I didn’t want to miss this.”
To commemorate the occasion, current staff and students dressed in 1980s garb, complete with leg warmers, neon colours, and mullet wigs.
Grade 7 students Saige Woodliffe and Korben Mertion wheeled in the capsule which had been sealed inside a wall of the school across from the office in 1986, with specific instructions to open the capsule 25 years later.
Current Vernon School District board chairperson, and former BX principal, Bill Turanski had the honour of opening the time capsule.
He pulled out the first item, a Vernon Daily News paper from the day with a front-page headline after strife on a Canada Post picket line locally.
“This is very special for me,” said Turanski, who was principal in 1986, to the student body.
“I spent a great many years at the school and it was one of the best schools in the district and in B.C.”
Turanski received a large ovation when he proclaimed that BX “is still the best school in the district and the province.”
The second item to be pulled from the capsule was a program from a concert held at the school in 1986 to celebrate BX’s 25th birthday.
BX is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.
The school opened in 1961 although the first students actually were attending classes at the Vernon Army Camp until the school was officially completed.
Other items pulled from the 1986 capsule included a class picture, a “My Little Pony” doll, a BX Elementary newsletter, some classroom assignments and a dust pan.
Current principal Brian Stevens, dressed as a character from the TV show Miami Vice, said current classes will each put in an item to another time capsule that will be opened 25 years from now, in 2036.