Holy Cross students are set to get a glimpse of the past

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Holy Cross Secondary School students will see what life was like at the turn of the century on Nov. 23 when they open a 20-year-old time capsule.

The capsule, buried March 5, 2000, will be opened Nov. 23 at the school on Linwell Road in St. Catharines.

“The plan was to open it on the 35th anniversary of the school - we opened up in 1985 - but then COVID-19 hit,” said principal Andrew Boon.

When the capsule was put together 20 years ago, staff and students packed in “things that epitomized the turn of the new millennium,” according to a release from the Niagara District Catholic School Board.

A newspaper clipping from the time shows student council members putting in a VHS tape, a copy of People magazine and an edition of the St. Catharines Standard.

“But any other mementoes of Y2K cultural zeitgeist stashed inside will remain a mystery until Nov. 23,” the board noted.

Boon plans to open the time capsule via a livestream that will be available on the school’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. He said he is planning to refill the time capsule just before winter break, then lock it up for another 20 years.

Boon said he is preparing a letter to put in the time capsule that describes the effects COVID-19 had on school and students.

“I might even put in some masks, toilet paper, and other items that commemorate COVID but also commemorate our children overcoming it,” he said.

“Opening a time capsule is providing us an opportunity of hope, excitement and humor, it also gives an opportunity to come together as a school and community.”

Sean Vanderklis is a Niagara-based reporter for the Niagara Falls Review. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him via email: svanderklis@metroland.com

Sean Vanderklis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Niagara Falls Review