Back when he was a young educator teaching 4th grade at Cypress Creek Elementary School, Jeff Eakins wanted to leave a lasting impression.
As part of a class assignment in 1991, his fourth-grade students took the lead on gathering items for a time capsule.
Students in all grade levels participated and added items they felt were important at the time – the school’s first T-shirt, students’ notes to themselves, a VHS tape and other items that were popular with kids – and packed them in a long tube.
The time capsule was then sealed in a cement enclosure near a stairwell on campus.
29 years later, the capsule was cracked open and it was a memorable experience for everyone there.
“Some of the things in there were definitely things I expected to be there but other things I totally just forgot about and I was so glad to take a look at them and it brought back good memories,” said Superintendent Eakins.
Former Principal of Cypress Creek, Joseph Green, teachers and students that attended the school in 1991 were also in attendance.
“I wasn’t sure what would survive,” said Tiffany Martinez, who was Eakins former student. “So, it’s great to have a flashback and reconnect with people you grew up with.”
The VHS tape showing a younger Eakins talking to the students and staff back in 1991 still worked!
Superintendent Eakins will retire in June after 31 years in Hillsborough County Public Schools and 33 years total as an educator.