Student Essay Submissions for Burke Centre Library Time Capsule

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Jan. 22, 2008

Student Essay Submissions Being
Accepted for Burke Centre Library Time Capsule

On July 12, Fairfax County will host a ribbon cutting for the new Burke Centre Library, located at the Fairfax County Parkway and Freds Oak Road. Included in the festivities will be activities associated with a time capsule that will be placed in the cornerstone of the new library. The time capsule is scheduled to be opened in the year 2038.

One of the activities is a student essay contest sponsored by the Braddock District Supervisor’s Office in partnership with a Burke Centre Library Time Capsule Task Force. Students who attend kindergarten through 12th grade in Fairfax County are invited to participate. The task force will choose four entries to be placed in the capsule, one entry each from students in:

  • Kindergarten – 3rd grade.
  • 4th grade – 6th grade.
  • 7th grade – 9th grade.
  • 10th grade – 12th grade.

Students are asked to write a brief paper on what they think the world will be like in the year 2038, when the time capsule will be opened. What changes might there be in transportation, housing, food, clothing, world politics, animals or global warming?

Papers should be no more than 1,000 words in an easily e-mail-shared format. Essays, poems or drawings must be the original work of students. On a separate cover sheet, the participant should provide: title, author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, participant’s school and grade.

Papers should be submitted to Braddock District Supervisor Sharon Bulova at or 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015 by Jan. 31. Judges will be members of the Time Capsule Task Force or designated by the task force. Judging will be completed in March.


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