Originally created 11/23/05

Elementary school celebrates its centennial



Laminated photographs, fifth-graders' signed drug-free pledge, a red ribbon in honor of the school being drug free, a school newsletter and a community newspaper were among the items placed inside a time capsule at North Augusta Elementary School on Thursday.

"Every single class in each grade is doing something to fill our time capsule," said Angela Burkhalter, the school's principal.

The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Formal education in North Augusta predates the centennial; however, the first school was a private one. The North Augusta Land Co. hired Nina Verdery to teach 13 pupils in a small schoolhouse on West Avenue in 1899, according to a written history of the school.

In 1905, a three-story brick public school funded through $12,000 in 20-year bonds was built. In 1912, a high school was built and later served as North Augusta Elementary School.

In 1986, the current school was built, and it merged with Summerfield Elementary School.

Made of plastic pipe, the time capsule was buried at the school's entrance near the bell. Dr. Burkhalter said a plaque would be placed on the brick structure surrounding the bell to let people know about the location of the capsule, which is scheduled to be opened in 2030.

School officials said that there is another time capsule buried on the property, but no one is sure where.

"Hopefully, our students will be parents of the students who are here then," Dr. Burkhalter said.

Burying the capsule was one of the activities held to honor the school's centennial.

A program featuring former educators was held at the school Nov. 16.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.