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Kennewick Students Unveil 30 Year Old Time Capsule

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - 30 years ago, Michael Jackson's hit 'Thriller' topped the charts and you could buy a full tank of gas for less than $20.

Friday morning, students at Lincoln Elementary School in Kennewick got a blast from the past as they opened a time capsule from 1983. Two teachers who helped fill it when they were teachers back then unveiled the items Friday.

"I guess it just brings back how far technologically things have come. Like bringing out the computer sheet with the tear off things and how the banner was all on one sheet hooked together. All the pages hooked together," said retired teacher Patty Pontarolo.

"To see all the teachers names from classrooms and it just brought back memories from the kids and the teachers and you know, it was a fun time, coming to a new building and the kids were great," said teacher Karin Hogg.

Friday's time capsule was created when Lincoln Elementary was brand new. Now, it's being remodeled and the students will move to the Fruitland building next year. When they return to Lincoln in the fall of 2014 they will put their own time capsule together and place it in the new building.