Plainfield Central High School is inviting the community to donate items to a time capsule to commemorate the heroes of the 1990 Plainfield tornado.
Donated items should in some way reflect the August 28, 1990 tornado. They can be items from 20 years ago, or even items from today.
Maybe, Pam Leddy should donate her eye glasses.
Before she headed to the vault at the school district's administration center 20 years ago, she took off her reading glasses and put them in her purse. The vault did provide a safe haven for many that day. She had hung onto her purse during the tornado and even as she waited to be rescued by folks moving the debris that buried her.
After she was pulled out, she remembered standing on top of the rubble and was astounded by what she was seeing. A Dumpster in a tree. The steeple was missing from St. Mary's Church.
"My eyes were looking at this and you can't believe what you are seeing. A building you walked into that day was a pile of rubble," she said.
That's when she opened her purse and threw her eye glasses away into the rubble. Later on, they found the glasses which she still has tucked away at home.
So maybe, she would consider putting them in the tornado time capsule.
"The time capsule is dedicated to all of the heroes of the tornado as well as the Plainfield community," said Robert Smith, principal at Plainfield Central High School.
Items should be labeled with a family name and can be dropped during school hours at 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive by Oct. 15.
The items will be placed in a time capsule that will remain in the front office of the school until the capsule is opened again on Aug. 28, 2030.
Student Council members as well as staff members who were in the building the day of the tornado and who are also retiring this year, will close the time capsule near the end of a school assembly, around 2:25 p.m. on Oct. 21.
Are you planning to donate any items?
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