Central Arkansas schools using eclipse as a teaching tool

Arkansas schools preparing for solar eclipse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The big eclipse is getting closer and it's a great opportunity for schools. Many schools are using it as a teaching tool, both inside and out.

One Pulaski County high school purchased solar safe glasses for their students, while other districts have different plans.

"I don't know what the glasses look like but I'm ready for it,” said Craig Collier.

Sylvan Hills High School students will get to see the solar eclipse live and in the flesh. But places like the North Little Rock and Conway School Districts have decided to keep their students inside for safety reasons.

"I guess the school is teaching us how rare it is, so that's pretty cool,” Sadia Rivers-Hughes said.

“This is our first year in high school, so we'll remember this. It's going to be pretty cool seeing the solar eclipse and telling our family about it” said Meredith West.

Students not only get to watch history Monday, but physically take part in it.

“It'll be something that the kids won't see for a long time and it'll be a great teaching tool because they will remember being able to look at the solar eclipse forever,” said Melissa Duncan, a biology teacher at Sylvan Hills.

Duncan has taught on the subject for years, but Monday will be the first time she gets to put reality with the lesson.

“We will be showing it in our classes throughout the day on television for those who won't actually get to go outside” she said.

Students will meet on the football field for the event, but they must have parental consent.

“It makes me feel kind of special that I get to see it because the generation or classes after me may not get to,” said Rivers-Hughes.

"I'm very excited because I've never watched one before. And I just learned more about it, so now I get to see what goes on,” Collier said.

The North Little Rock School District released an official statement on Facebook saying after careful consideration they've decided to allow students to view the eclipse via NASA live stream and not allow students to go outside.

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