Manila students experience 2017 Eclipse event

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Manila students appreciated the opportunity to view the solar eclipse.

Manila students had the opportunity to be part of the 2017 Solar Eclipse on Monday. High School Principal Mark Manchester said he wanted the students to be able to experience the science event first hand.

“We want our kids to experience the eclipse safely,” Manchester said. “We hope our kids will remember the eclipse for many years to come. I want to thank our administration for supporting us.”

The district purchased glasses for every student, teacher and staff to view the eclipse which came across the area Monday afternoon at 1:22 p.m.

Teachers and staff getting ready for the eclipse.

The elementary students attached their solar eclipse glasses to a round paper plate giving them extra protection as they viewed the eclipse.

Manila High School Photography Club and their sponsors traveled to Cape Girardeau to SEMO College to view the eclipse and participate in several activities planned for the day.

Buffalo Island area was not in the totality path but did get to see the partial eclipse. During the eclipse roosters could be heard crowing, crickets were chirping and some night lights came on.

A total solar eclipse was witnessed from a narrow path from the west to the east coast all across the United States.

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