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Students letters to be added to Community House time capsule

By Staff | May 17, 2017

Letters from Julie Wappes fourth grade class will be added to the Sanibel Community House’s time capsule, which is currently a work in progress.

“The letters from these students are special as they show the continuity of the Sanibel community, the historical house and the importance both then and now of active involvement,” Sanibel Community Association Executive Director Teresa-Riska Hall said.

The idea to get the fourth grade students of the Sanibel School involved stemmed from Ken Burgener. He said he remembers burying a time capsule when he was a kid back in high school.

In addition, he had witnessed a time capsule at the Sanibel Recreation Center when he was involved in filming the construction of the center. Burgener said they found several things left in the wall.

“So, I said let’s put stuff in the wall,” he said of the Sanibel Community House. “I thought maybe we should get a bunch of kids to say what Sanibel would look like in 50 years.”

Riska-Hall said when they were renovating the historical part of the house, which was once the Sanibel Public Library, they found old books inside of the walls.

“We turned them over to the library to make a display. That is how the original idea got started,” she said.

The fourth grade students were tasked with writing a letter on what they thought Sanibel Island would look like in the year 2066.

One of the students said that although she does not know what Sanibel would look like her guess would be “Sanibel will have more roads that only locals are allowed to go on. This would prevent as much traffic as possible in the season.”

The young student also said that school would consist of different swimming pools for grades. “When the teachers were teaching you would just lay on a float and drink a coconut milkshake,” she wrote.

Another student spoke of global warming. He said “in 50 years I think that Sanibel will be the next Atlantis. With global warming going on still, Sanibel won’t be floating any longer.”

Sanibel will have large silver, or gold towers with a bulb at the top, another student said because when there is high tide, Sanibel is underwater.

“It was a hoot,” Burgener said of reading the letters. “I could tell they were studying about global warming.”