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Whether they had been there for 20 years or a couple months, the entire Plum Point Middle School community solidified its role as a permanent part of the school Friday.

The school as a whole celebrated its 20 year anniversary Friday, and the school staff held a separate anniversary reunion Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Prince Frederick.

On Friday, all members of the school community put items into a time capsule to be opened in another 20 years.

Seventh grader Jared Poole, 12, said he wrote down “how we use books and paper.

“In the future, they may use tablets,” Jared said.

His classmate, John Osborne, said he put in a CD, “so they can compare it to what they liked then.”

Seventh grade reading and language arts teacher Daisy Hardenstine was one of the school’s “11 original gators” to have been at the school all 20 years.

She said she had the idea for the celebration while at lunch.

“I said, ‘You know what? We have to celebrate.’ ... This school is like a family,” Hardenstine said — so much so, she said, that some former staff members were flying in from across the country to attend Saturday’s reunion.

“This is a huge celebration,” Hardenstine said, adding that 106 of the 246 past and present Plum Point Middle School employees would be attending the reunion Saturday night.

In the past 20 years working at the school, Hardenstine said the spirit and the camaraderie always stood out to her.

“When you ask someone to help you, it’s a yes,” Hardenstine said. “ ... Once a gator, always a gator.”

When it comes to changes in those 20 years, Hardenstine said the curriculum was constantly evolving.

“That’s one of the hardest parts of being a teacher — meeting those demands and keeping learning fun still,” she said.

Eighth grade teacher Roxy Miller, who was also one of the school’s original 11, recalled the school getting its first computer in the mid-1990s.

“It took an entire class period to download a forecast map,” Miller reminisced.

She said a highlight for the school was achieving National Blue Ribbon status in 2000.

“It was so nice to have that recognition,” Miller said.

To celebrate 20 years, the school also held a lunch program in which eighth grader Aaron Fowler, 13, sang "Soldier" by Gavin DeGraw and a group of students did a “goofy gators” skit.

“It kind of represents how the teachers are always there for us and they help us when we need it,” Fowler said of his song selection.

Thirteen-year-old Dia Brown dressed up as the school’s gator mascot, which she said had been her idea.

“I said, ‘Hey, we should put in the mascot.’ They asked me to do it and I said, ‘Boo yah,’” the eighth grader said. “I’m really pepped up and excited.”

“It’s good being the mascot because if you fail, no one knows who it was,” said eighth grader Elizabeth Cristo, 13, who was also part of the skit.

Eighth grader Harry Sturdevanter, 13, served as the program’s master of ceremonies, which he said he started doing last year for class talent shows.

“It’s a very good school. I couldn’t imagine going to any other school,” he said.