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A Look into the Past Superintendent Jeff Eakins Opens Time Capsule His 4th Grade Class Created 29 Years Ago

February 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (February 24, 2020) – Back when he was a young educator teaching 4th grade at Cypress Creek Elementary School, Jeff Eakins wanted to leave a lasting impression.

As part of a class assignment in 1991, his fourth-grade students took the lead on gathering items for a time capsule. Students in all grade levels participated and added items they felt were important at the time – the school’s first T-shirt, students’ notes to themselves and other items that were popular with kids – and packed them in a long tube. The time capsule was then sealed in a cement enclosure near a stairwell on campus.

On Thursday, February 27, at 11 a.m., Superintendent Jeff Eakins and some of his returning students – who are now nearly 40 years old – will meet at Cypress Creek Elementary to crack open the cement-covered time capsule for a look into the past.

Those in attendance for the unveiling will include one of Superintendent Eakins’ former students – who is now a mom with a 5th grader at Cypress Creek Elementary School.

Media representatives are invited to be there for this emotional event as Superintendent Eakins swings the hammer to open the time capsule and shares the memories with his former students. I have attached a recent photo of Superintendent Eakins in front of the enclosure that holds the time capsule. Cypress Creek Elementary School is located at 4040 19th Ave., N.E., Ruskin.

Superintendent Eakins will retire in June after 31 years in Hillsborough County Public Schools and 33 years total as an educator.

Please let me know if you are sending a representative from your outlet so I can ensure we have space for media in attendance.

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