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Bethel Students Create 2020 Time Capsules


January 7, 2021

A Bethel student in Coach Dearing's Health class presents her COVID-19 2020 Time Capsule Project slideshow.

The year 2020 may be something that the majority of people want to put behind them, but before it was done, Coach Lincoln Dearing, at Bethel High School, decided to turn it into a learning opportunity. Dearing's ninth- through 12th-grade health class was given the "COVID-19 2020 Time Capsule Project" assignment to either create a slideshow or a shoe box time capsule to summarize the year.

"I felt, with what these kids have experienced this year with uncertainty and inconsistency, it was an opportune time to reflect on this unusual year of 2020," said Dearing in an email.

Only two of his 15 students decided to create a time capsule. Those included things like "printed articles relating to COVID, masks, hand sanitizer, and famous celebrities who perished."

It is still undecided where or how the two time capsule shoe boxes will be buried or when they will be dug up in the future.

"When we return from Christmas break, I'll be speaking with administration on the proper place to bury them and what type of secure box would be appropriate," Dearing said.

For the slideshows, students highlighted important national events, as well as their personal experiences.

"The students were assigned a specific rubric on what needed to be included in the presentation or time capsule," said Dearing. "(The) majority of them expressed the amount of time spent at home with new hobbies and activities. They found new ways to stay active and positive.

"One student really utilized his downtime during shutdown to find ways to stay positive and find happiness through all of the negativity," he added.

The student Dearing referred to is senior Noah Drew, who used his time last summer working in his vegetable garden with his grandfather and creating a new sunflower garden. Drew has also shared nature walks with his four siblings and parents.

"What the garden and nature walks boil down to is this: my way of coping with the shutdown was to connect with the serenity and beauty of the natural world and to encourage others to do the same," he said.

Drew felt like the assignment was a fun way to finish out Dearing's health class, as well as a good way to reflect on the year.

"I thought this project gave us a good opportunity to evaluate how we spend our time when we actually have free time, and to see what areas of our lives might need growth," he said. "It was also good to make mental note of what worked and what didn't when it comes to overcoming obstacles, especially when those obstacles were more often psychological than physical.

"Overall, I think it was a really good way for Mr. Dearing to show the class - instead of just telling us - what COVID has brought out in us and what opportunities it has revealed for self-improvement," Drew added.

This was the first time for Dearing to assign this type of year-end recap, and he said the students were glad to complete it.

"The project was a great way to end the semester," he said, "The students were excited to collaborate on the entirety of 2020."


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