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Twenty-five years later, school excavates time capsule

The year was 1992. Musical group Boyz II Men was on the radio; Hurricane Andrew rocked the coast of Florida; and Disney’s Aladdin won two Oscars.

In Vancouver, Washington, Lieser Elementary closed its doors after 48 years of operation. As part of the closing ceremonies, students and alumni buried a time capsule on school grounds.

Lieser was used for different purposes in subsequent years, including serving as the home of the district’s Early Childhood Education Center. It now also is the site of the Lieser Campus, which houses Vancouver Public Schools’ Virtual Learning Academy and Vancouver Home Connection, among other programs.

The time capsule remained in the ground, however—until now.

Students and staff members plan to dig up the capsule in a celebration of the school’s past, present and future.

  • When: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lieser School, 301 S. Lieser Rd., Vancouver, WA 98664
  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets or RSVPs are not required.

Burying a new time capsule must wait, however.

If local voters approve a bond measure in the Feb. 14, 2017, special election, the Lieser Campus programs could move to the current site of Marshall Elementary. The existing Marshall building would be renovated for the Lieser Campus, and a new Marshall would be constructed.