On Monday, August 21, students at Apalachicola Bay Charter School participated in a wide range of STEM focused lessons on the solar eclipse. The school ran a regular day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teachers provided lessons in reading, writing and science based on information about the solar eclipse. Students read informational text about the eclipse and designed models to demonstrate the eclipse that would take place.

Students were excused for the day at 1:30 p.m. with parents to attend the Riverfront activities, if they chose. Those elementary students remaining watched the solar eclipse in their classrooms enjoying solar snacks (moon pies and astronaut juice). Middle school students were given the opportunity to view the eclipse with protective eyewear supervised by teachers, or to remain inside to view via satellite as well. “The day was a wonderful teachable moment the students and all took protective eyewear home,” said Principal Chimene Johnson.

An organization, Astronomers Without Borders, has asked for donations of eclipse glasses, so they will be sent to underdeveloped countries that will have an eclipse in 2019.

The charity is collecting used solar eclipse glasses to give to kids who can use them for eclipses that are coming up around the world. For example, there will be eclipses visible in Asia and South America in 2019. "This is an opportunity for schools to have a first-hand science experience that they might not otherwise have" Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons said. "Many schools in developing countries don't have resources for science education and this is a rare opportunity that inspires students and teachers and shows them that science is something they can do."

Glasses may be dropped off at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library.