Schools use solar eclipse to teach both safety and wonderment

Safety and wonder abound as school follows eclipse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This year's solar eclipse was used as a teaching tools for many schools around Arkansas since kids set back in motion last week.

But in some cases, there were concerns about safety because a lot glasses turned out to be not so safe for viewing. 

Mrs. Reaves, a third grade teacher at Pinewood Elementary in Jacksonville, had the day all planned for her students, glasses and all. Only she ran into one little problem yesterday, the glasses were recalled.

“We've been talking about why the eclipse is such a big deal this year with it being over 100 years since we've had one,” Reaves said.

Her students have been anxiously waiting to see the solar eclipse.

“We were totally disappointed. We really thought we were going to get to use the glasses we had. But at the last minute we were told they weren't safe,” said Reaves.

No glasses, no problem!

Reaves’ third graders made pin hole viewers to see the eclipse and they worked just fine.

“They can shoot the light from the sun down through the hole in the paper and see it that way. It won't hurt their eyes,” she said.

Safety first has been the motto many school districts have followed, while also preceding with caution.

“It looks like most of it is a bright crescent, the rest is dark because the moon is covering the sun,” Alex Wington said.

Students said they will brag about the experience for many days to come.

“Everything about the solar eclipse is really awesome,” said Chanel Olsion.

Lots of school districts allowed at least some of their students to view the eclipse outside today, while others decided to stay inside and view the action via NASA live stream.

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