The future home of the Middle School is taking shape as the renovation of the historic Morse Tavern is well underway. The 7th and 8th grade students, along with Ms. Lapon, Ms. Latona and Dr. Price, had the opportunity to visit the construction site on the last day of the school year. It was a bittersweet visit for the 8th graders who won’t be returning to inhabit the new Middle School location. However, they had the unique opportunity to leave a permanent mark on Riverbend School.
Ms. Lapon purchased a time capsule for the 8th graders to fill that was buried inside the wall of the Tavern. Eighth grader Lauren Faberman wrote a speech to commemorate the capsule. Each student filled the capsule with “an artifact that represented his or her interests, personality, and hopes/dreams.” (Listen to full speech here). Among the many items chosen there included 12 strings that represented each of their heights, a Rubik’s Cube piece, a guitar pick and a Boston Cannons ticket.
The photos capture Lauren giving her speech, the students viewing the excavated site, construction superintendent Ryan Cardoos showing them a very old tiny shoe that was found on the site, and Ryan placing the capsule in the floor. All of the Middle School students then signed an old plank that was removed from the original structure and will be reinstalled inside the walls of the new building. To end the visit, Nauset Construction gave the students and teachers their own construction helmets to commemorate their visit.