As fire alarms buzzed, power drills screeched and construction
workers added final touches Friday to the new Fort Loudoun Middle School, school staff, students and
the community left their mark on a new era in Loudon County education.
The school staff "buried" a time capsule, leaving a piece of today's world for Loudon County students of the future.
The capsule, a clear plastic storage container, was donned with the words: "Time Capsule placed July
19, 2013. Not to be opened before July 19, 2038," and signed by those in attendance Friday. The
capsule is being placed inside a wall underneath what will be a built-in trophy case in the front
hallway of the school.
Principal Christie Amburn expressed excitement in burying a piece of
"I think for me it's really just leaving a piece of what we are going
through right now in this transition that we have for the kids of the future so that they can look
back and say, 'This is how it was the year they opened the school'," Amburn said before placing the
capsule. "I hope it gives them ideas to hide things for the future."
Students, staff and
those from the community were invited to add a piece of today's history to the capsule. Some
students included their favorite childhood book. A child left a note for herself in the future. A
recent edition of the News-Herald, which included a front-page centerpiece feature on the new
school, and 2013 coins were included.
A school administrator sealed his old staff
identification card, while another included a poem to preserve the memory of a beloved staff member,
and another included flower seeds that should still be good for planting in the future.
lot of people sent pictures. This is Mr. Beaty's family. These are two of our teachers. This is a
little sixth-grader who wrote a letter to herself in the future," Amburn said, flipping through
baggies that hold the items.
"Another student left this book, and there is a letter inside
of it. I did read it, and it said, 'If you're finding this you'll be able to read my favorite
story'," Amburn added, pointing to "Tuck Everlasting," a story about people who don't age. "I guess
I have the corniest contribution. I have a 'Duck Dynasty' shirt because all of our kids at the
middle school love 'Duck Dynasty.'
"My own child has one to be opened on his high school graduation
that they did at pre-K graduation. They filled them the night of pre-K graduation, so I thought that
was cute. He is 8 now," she added.
Darrell Tuck, an eighth-grade history teacher at the
school, included a bit on the late Pam Thomas, a guidance counselor who passed away a couple years
ago. Tuck said Thomas was an inspiration. The school's driveway will carry her namesake.
probably won't be around when they reopen it," Tuck said with a laugh. "I think it's just a fun
thing for the generation or two to see what it was like in 2013 when we opened this new
Though there were few in attendance with just a few short weeks left until the
start of another school year, FLMS staff agreed that the capsule should not be opened for at least
Math teacher Jason Beaty, who brought his daughter along for the ceremony, added
a picture of his family.
"That's one of the most important things to me," Beaty said.
First-year teacher Lisa Ingram, who will work in special education, said the placement was special
to her. The 2013-14 school year means a new school and a new career for Ingram.
"This is my
first year of teaching, so I felt it would be a good way to meet some of the other staff members,"
Ingram said as to why she decided to come.
Though the school has various finishing touches
before classes start in two weeks, with furniture coming in and floors being waxed, the teachers
said they were "elated" to have a new facility.
"Even the old veterans like me and the
others, everybody is just really excited," Tuck said. "It's been a long time coming."
"We've been waiting for years for this school," Beaty added.