(Photo: Chelsea Henderson, The News)
     A Southeastern Texas town celebrated the opening of their new public safety building this month by inviting over 400 grade school kids to fill a time capsule with news clippings of the town's best moments. In Nederland, Langham Elementary School students were treated to a tour of the city’s new Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex. The Nederland Police Department conducted the tours, which let children see various offices located within the building, like the Juvenile Detention Facility and the police and fire departments.  The new complex is named in honor of former Nederland Mayor Homer E. Nagel who passed away in 2011. 


    Amanda Hebert, a mom with Nederland ISD’s Parent Teacher Association said students wrote letters about their community to open years from now. “If you need to know anything about Nederland, know that we’re big Bulldog fans and we’re a close community.” Hebert added, “We thought this could be something special for our kids. They’ll open up these letters 50 years from now and think about their day at the police station.”

    Beth Pinner of the Nederland Police Department says everyone in the community is welcome to drop a letter into the city's vessel, provided by Heritage Time Capsules, that details certain highlights of living in the area. Pinner says, “The city plans to bury the capsule right in front of the station with a weatherproof seal inside a vault — like a coffin — to protect it. They’ve figured out how to keep the outside elements from getting in, so we just want to make sure whatever we put inside will last.”

    Now that the town's adults got what they wanted this year, Santa and his elves made an appearance at the complex during the holidays to find out what kids were asking for this Christmas. 






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