Time capsules planned for new RSU 24 school



SULLIVAN — Big changes are underway for Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24), with construction progressing daily at the Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus, the grades 6 through 12 school being built behind the current Sumner Memorial High School on Route 1.

But some memories will be preserved within the brand-new, combined middle and high school, including items stored inside three time capsules that will be built into the new walls of the school and opened in the year 2050.

“We tried to set it in a time for when we thought the school would still be operating in a similar capacity,” said Sumner Principal JT Green.

School administrators are currently accepting ideas for the time capsules, one of which will be designated for items submitted by RSU 24 students, one reserved for faculty and staff and one for members of the community.

“Anything is fair game,” Green said, in terms of what items can be submitted. He noted that people may want to contribute items that have a connection to the school district and/or be relevant to today’s times.

Green plans to leave a note to the school’s future principal and his “hefty” set of keys, as the new building will be equipped with an electronic badge system.

“I doubt people will be using keys that we use today,” he said.

Green added that one community member wants to include a Sumner class photo from 1953, the school’s first graduating class. Others may want to include a mask to represent the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

Those interested in participating will need to fill out a form with their artifact suggestion by Nov. 30. Then, a committee will be formed to discuss what items should be placed in the time capsules due to the capsules’ space limitations.

The items will then be collected to give to Nickerson & O’Day Inc., the Brewer-based construction company building the new school.

Forms can be filled out online by visiting the Sumner Facebook page and by requesting one via email. Paper forms can be picked up at the high school’s main office.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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