Time capsules allow Thompson families to reflect on 2020 COVID-19 memories

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Thompson Families can now document the memories they made at home during the COVID-19 pandemic using time capsules offered for free by Kiddies Northern Preschool.

The time capsule allows families to reflect on their 2020 and how the year has affected them in regards to connections and celebrations.

All families in Thompson are eligible to receive the time capsule kits consisting of a notebook, pencils, crayons and a glue stick.

“Knowing that families need to stay at home, I believe a lot of families are running out of ideas. This is an opportunity for them to do something outside their regular activities,” said Lynn Martin, the Director of Kiddies Northern Preschool on Wednesday.

“Our ultimate goal is to get families together and get them talking. This can help younger and older children cope with the stresses that COVID-19 has brought on and look back from the future to see how they came through this trying time.”

Families living in Thompson can put anything they want in their notebooks, whether it be photos, drawings or writings about how they have lived throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

This initiative was made possible due to the Manitoba Safe at Home grant that provided the preschool with $7,000 to purchase supplies for families across the city.

The grant encourages families to spend more time at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by funding health, education and entertainment programming.

Initially, the preschool wanted to plan something for families during the Christmas holidays when they thought about time capsules.

They wanted to send the kits to families over the winter break, but some supplies did not come in time so the preschool decided that it would be best to deliver the supplies in January.

About 600 kits were sent to Burntwood Elementary, Deerwood School and Wapanohk Community School.

These schools will distribute the kits to families who are willing to participate. Another seven hundred will be distributed to the remaining schools around Thompson by the end of January.

For those who are homeschooling their children or who are not affiliated with these schools but like to participate, they can reach out to the preschool at 204-778-7739, and arrangements will be made to deliver the time capsule kits.

By the end of February, families would need to return their notebooks to their schools or drop them off in a bucket outside the preschool.

The notebooks will then be sealed in a Rubbermaid tote and kept in a classroom at the preschool for approximately a decade.

The rest of the supplies they received in the kits are for them to keep.

Each family was told to write their names and current address so that they would be able to identify their notebooks in the future.

“Through Facebook, we have seen a lot of comments about what an excellent idea this is. We have received one book back so far, and they did an amazing job,” said Martin.

“There was so much detail in there; you could tell the family was invested in doing this with their child, which is exactly what we wanted to see.”

Martin hopes the preschool can have a big community party for families who participated in January of 2030 and look back at the memories made in their past.

Nicole Wong is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Nicole Wong, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun