They opened their time capsule: ten years later, the students find their memories and their dreams

HASIn the spring of 2014, a CE2 class at Arveyres School kept their memories of the moment in a box. A toy, a drawing, a few dreams. “That year we worked on the passage of time,” says Catherine Rolland, the teacher who still works at the establishment, with the director’s hat on top of her. An idea inspired by a report about a time capsule at a university…

HASIn the spring of 2014, a CE2 class at Arveyres School kept their memories of the moment in a box. A toy, a drawing, a few dreams. “That year we worked on the passage of time,” says Catherine Rolland, the teacher who still works at the establishment, with the director’s hat on top of her. An idea inspired by a report about a time capsule in an American university. On Saturday, March 23, ten years later, the school for the Libourne schoolchildren was inaugurated, not without excitement. A journey through time, where today’s young people have found the children they were yesterday.

Homecoming

Of the 23 students there at that time, 18 responded. Some traveled especially to Lille or Strasbourg. “I was afraid of missing the appointment. I even came in June so as not to miss it,” says Lucas Sicaud. “I didn’t think about it every day, but I never forgot it,” explains Reda, an economics student. Today, the majority are 19 years old and have begun higher education. Curious parents, like Nadia El Karkoubi, also traveled. “At that moment I said to myself ‘My God, ten years is a long road’ but in the end it went by quickly,” says the woman who even kept a newspaper article from 2014 in the middle of her tax forms. so as not to lose it.


Matthéo Andres-Acera, 19 years old and currently working as a mechanic, found his birth blanket

Linda Douifi

There was some excitement in the elementary school yard on Saturday. First that of reunion, then that of impatience. The black metal box remained in its juice: a laminated photo of the class taped together and two years written 2014-2024. A journey through still time. “We didn’t bury it for fear that the things inside would be damaged. It would have to be very airtight. So she stayed in the class all this time and, every year, my students asked me what was in that trunk,” confesses the teacher who, with joyful nostalgia, took pleasure in making the call as she did then, with the time notebook.

In 2014, each student filled out a form with their current preferences and dreams for the future.


In 2014, each student filled out a form with their current preferences and dreams for the future.

Linda Douifi

birth quilt

The key to the padlock also remained in Catherine Rolland’s office for ten years, carefully kept in a bag. Like the memories in the capsule. Each one has their own bag with their drawing, an object, sometimes photographs and a sheet that collects current preferences and dreams for tomorrow. Matthéo Andres-Acera, 19, found his birth blanket. Antoine Louloum imagined himself “living in Lille, in the countryside.” “Today I live in Tarbes”, he laughs. While one of his classmates, who wanted to be a pastry chef, is now studying law. Some have made dreams come true, like Juliette Apiou who, at 18, wanted to have a horse, go to England and do show jumping. “I just miss the horse,” she smiles. A project that moves even those who did not participate in it. “In 2034, that should be my retirement, why not postpone it? » says Catherine Rolland enthusiastically. There is only…

For ten years, the time capsule remained in a corner of Catherine Rolland's classroom, not without arousing the curiosity of the schoolchildren.


For ten years, the time capsule remained in a corner of Catherine Rolland’s classroom, not without arousing the curiosity of the schoolchildren.

Linda Douifi

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