SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL
Pines seniors, students participate in time capsule project
By Sergio Carmona, Staff Writer
Residents from Miami Jewish Health Systems’ Douglas Gardens North, a senior living community in Pembroke Pines, and students from Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School-East celebrated Older Americans Month on May 27 by burying time capsules.
William “Randy” Holmes, director of Douglas Gardens North’s Senior Housing Management, calls this “a good intergenerational project.”
“Not only does it give [the students] a broader perspective on what has happened to our Jewish Americans that have gone through issues of Nazi Germany, but it also gives them perspective on seniors that have gone through,” he said. “The Great Depression and other issues that have passed,” Holmes said.
The capsules will be registered with the International Time Capsule Society. The students and seniors stored items of interest into the capsules, such as eyeglasses, bracelets, jewelry and photographs. The students, who will open the capsules in 50 years, received certificates naming them as “keepers of the capsules.”
Some of the seniors also wrote letters describing their experience and placed them in the capsule.
Simon Bellolo, a resident of Douglas Gardens North who put a letter into the capsule, said participating in the project was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“The most important thing is that people are going to come in 50 years, and they’re going to look at those things, and they’re going to learn from the elders just like I learned from the past myself,” Bellolo said. “Fifty years from now, people are going to be completely different, and maybe by then people will not use handwriting.”