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Seniors unearth time capsule at Rainsboro

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As part of senior week activities, these McClain seniors returned to Rainsboro Elementary, where they once attended, and spoke with students. (Photos courtesy of Rainsboro Elementary School Facebook page)
Angela Shepherd, Greenfield Exempted Village Schools

As graduating seniors of McClain High School do every year, on the morning of graduation they return to their elementaries within the district for the parade of seniors. And those returning to Rainsboro also got to unearth a time capsule buried their fifth-grade year in the courtyard of the elementary school.

On May 17, the seniors went to classrooms and chatted with students, enjoyed refreshments, and got some gym time in, too, with the parachute. 

This year, the class of 2024, the first class to bury a time capsule at Rainsboro, also got to unearth their treasure from the courtyard that they buried as fifth graders. All those years ago, each fifth grader had prepared a packet, which included a length of string representing their height as a fifth grader, a tracing of their hand and things they had written, teacher Marci Reeves said. 

Last week when the seniors perused these items they buried in the ground years ago, Reeves said many were surprised by how much taller they had grown. Also, she said they enjoyed reminiscing over the writings they had done in fifth grade for the time capsule.

It’s a tradition that has continued since that first year – the then-fifth graders and now-graduating class of 2024 burying a time capsule in the courtyard – and one that will continue on.

There are always good things happening in the Greenfield Exempted Village School District. You can follow along by checking out the district website at, the district social media pages and the Facebook pages of each building. 

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