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Old 06-28-2020, 03:18 PM
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Headed out Saturday morning to run some errands and do some hunting before it got too hot. The day started out good with a 51 silver Rosie at a coinstar!

Finished errands and headed for a local playground which was once a regular elementary school, was closed, and since has been reopened as an ‘early childhood developmental center’.
Hunted for about 3 hours. Got $5.10 in clad, a 53d wheat, assorted zippers pulls, a Juul, some junk bling, and other assorted playground paraphernalia. I also cracked a couple Ball canning lid inserts (darn, I love those things, when not broken) and added to my Hot Wheels collection.


The most interesting find came about halfway through the hunt. Got a screaming, jumpy , upper 20s on the 540. Dug it. Out comes this partially dented up coffee can. Hmmm! The black plastic cover is still on the can. I took the cover off and inside there looked to be a bunch of folded up pieces of paper. Looked interesting, but did not want to remove them from the can while out in the field..dirty hands, sweat, and all. Put the cover back on and set it aside.
I rescanned the hole and got the same signal! A little more digging and out comes another coffee can, a bit more dented! This one has a clear cover but it’s somewhat stuffed into the can itself. Looks to be more paper inside.



I set them both aside and finished my hunt.
When I got home, I called my wife out to the garage. I showed her what I found. We slowly and carefully “unbent” the cans enough so that we wouldn’t tear the papers during extraction.
One by one we took the folded pieces of paper out and looked at each one. Pretty cool!
From the first can:


Michigan’s Adventure is a local amusement park.

From the second can:







I covered the names of the kids in some of the pics.

Not sure what I should do with these. I don’t think I should try to locate any of the students, as they are likely only 17 or 18 years old. Maybe try to locate the teacher?? See if she wants these??
As mentioned before, this elementary school was closed a year or so after these kids buried these items and it has since reopened as a different type of school. However, it still belongs to the same system as it did previously. I could go down to the administrative building for this system and inquire as to who was the 1st or 2nd grade teacher at that time, what was going on on August 12, 2009...not a typical time for school to be in session. Any other ideas on what to do with these, if anything?
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Old 06-28-2020, 07:04 PM
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I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.

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Old 06-28-2020, 08:59 PM
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Interesting story . Good conversation piece.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:31 PM
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It would really be a hoot if you were able to locate them and give them their "treasure" back.

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Old 06-28-2020, 10:40 PM
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Does it have first and last name and grade? I'm sure they would be really interested in knowing you found them. They probably haven't thought of them for years. They may be young enough to still be living in the area and contact the parents. Keep us posted. Interesting find!

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Old 06-29-2020, 08:07 AM
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Each page was drawn by a different child. Several had names on them, some first and last some first name and last initial, some with no names. A few have the date...August 12, 2009. One says he is 6 years old (so I’m guessing they are 1st or 2nd graders)
Putting all these clues together, I am thinking it was a class project of some sort. They all colored a pic, stuffed them into two cans and buried them in centerfield of the baseball diamond.
I am just wondering about the date..August 12. Usually school is not in session around here in early August.
I will begin by calling the district and see if I can get info on who was teaching that aged kids at that time. Maybe contact the teacher. Maybe then he/she can try contact the kids. Not sure if I want to do a search for people who may still be minors. May not be a good thing in this day and age.
Will report my progress.
Either way, kinda neat to stumble on a ‘time capsule’ of sorts.
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Great find and story, keep us updated on how this turns out!

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Old 06-29-2020, 10:18 AM
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Very interesting and a once in a lifetime find surely. I'm curious to see how this progresses as well. Best of luck on your search!

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Definitely let the kids know.....mine did a while ago and they have always been curious of what happened to their capsule.

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Originally Posted by Benson10 View post
Each page was drawn by a different child. Several had names on them, some first and last some first name and last initial, some with no names. A few have the date...August 12, 2009. One says he is 6 years old (so I’m guessing they are 1st or 2nd graders)
Putting all these clues together, I am thinking it was a class project of some sort. They all colored a pic, stuffed them into two cans and buried them in centerfield of the baseball diamond.
I am just wondering about the date..August 12. Usually school is not in session around here in early August.
I will begin by calling the district and see if I can get info on who was teaching that aged kids at that time. Maybe contact the teacher. Maybe then he/she can try contact the kids. Not sure if I want to do a search for people who may still be minors. May not be a good thing in this day and age.
Will report my progress.
Either way, kinda neat to stumble on a ‘time capsule’ of sorts.
Tom
It could of been Summer School.. I think I would try and locate the teacher..

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Old 07-08-2020, 03:45 PM
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I'd call the local school administration building and let them know. They should have all of the central records including contact information for all of the students and their parents. That is a really cool find, thanks for taking the time to post the pictures!

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