Chatham Academy Collects Solar Eclipse Glasses for a Good Cause
Although Chatham Academy students were a little disappointed they were unable to witness the solar eclipse due to the clouds and rain, they didn’t let it dampen their spirits. Students spent the day learning all about this phenomena. They drew pictures of the solar ring, used Oreo cookies to emulate the phases of the eclipse, shadow danced, and watched the NASA channel.
They also learned that they could make a difference for other children by donating their solar eclipse glasses to those less fortunate in South America where the next solar eclipse will be taking place on July 2, 2019. Astronomers Without Borders is an organization that brings people together from around the world through the common interest of astronomy and the wonders of the Universe. They feel “in the process of looking outward together, we learn about each other and create lasting bonds, regardless of country or culture.”
Chatham Academy Science and Art teacher, Ms. Annie Quaile stated; “We were lucky enough to be able to purchase glasses for everyone in our school to use. This is a great way to give to others who don’t have the same means to experience the eclipse when it passes through their countries. If we could provide a place for people to bring the glasses, we could send them enough for their students to have the same once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a great way to give those students in other countries an opportunity they might not otherwise have, and teach our kids the value of helping others.”
Students and faculty will be collecting glasses to send to Astronomers Without Borders, who in turn will send them to underprivileged areas that are in the path of upcoming eclipses.
Chatham Academy is located at 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. in mid-town Savannah; across from Star Castle.