- Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Former students of Woodriver Elementary School in Fairbanks got a special treat when their sixth-grade teacher sent them letters from their 12-year-old selves.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://bit.ly/1GAo6ZF ) that Janet Taylor used social media to track down her first sixth-grade class and deliver on a promise she made 14 years ago. She had instructed her 12-year-old students to imagine themselves at 25 and write a letter to themselves from the future.

“I sort of wanted to make it fun for them,” Taylor said, “so they were both letter writer and recipient.”

Despite Taylor’s hope that the students would remain realistic with their imaginations, one student wrote about the intergalactic war of 2012, another about colonizing Neptune.

One student, however, imagined a life as a police officer in San Diego. Nearly every sixth-grader reported winning an Olympic Gold Medal and living in a mansion. Even the police officer wrote she had caught the country’s most-wanted criminal.



Shortly after the assignment, the Woodriver sixth-graders graduated. Though Taylor said she would deliver the letters in the future, former student Marcy Possenti said she didn’t remember writing it until the mail arrived.

“It was a surprise to me. I honestly don’t remember writing that letter in sixth grade,” Possenti said. “As soon as I did get the letter and was reading it, it just brought back so many memories of friendships in sixth grade and all the interests I was interested in in sixth grade.”

Possenti had predicted she would have moved to Colorado with two dogs and an Olympic gold medal for the Giant Slalom, about to return to school for a degree in architecture. In reality she is pet-free and doing outreach for the National Parks Service.

“I feel like I went in a completely different direction than what my letter said,” Possenti said. “It’s not a disappointment.”

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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