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Marcus Whitman seniors get a glimpse of their first-grade lives

It was a moment in time 11 years ago when 15 first-graders gathered with their teacher to bury some personal trinkets and letters in a time capsule outside of Gorham Elementary School.

That moment was recaptured recently when several of them returned to locate and open the container with Lisa Orlando, the teacher they knew as Mrs. (Lisa) Jones.

Orlando buried nearly 200 time capsules with students over the years, but this was her last class, since she changed positions 11 years ago and left classroom teaching to be the district’s reading specialist.

The capsules each included a penny, a scripted letter children wrote to their future selves and a small object students selected that meant something special to them, she said.

“I actually put in a baseball,” said Katrina Meyer, one of the returning students, who will graduate from Marcus Whitman on Friday. “I wasn’t really surprised. For me, baseball was always my favorite sport to play and that hasn’t changed much. It actually flipped over to softball.”

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