Eclipse makes for exciting first day of school in North Texas

- It will be a very exciting and unique first day of school for many in North Texas. Especially in Plano, teachers and students are looking forward to learning about the solar eclipse.

“I’m very excited not only to welcome my new students for a new year but this is the first eclipse we’ll be able to see since 1979… when I graduated from high school,” said Terry Stout, a science and engineering coordinator at Daffron Elementary. “I’m very excited about that and we have a lot of activities going on for the school not just for the first day but teaching with the eclipse.”

Stout’s third graders will watch the eclipse through special viewing glasses provided by the school’s PTA. They’ll record their observations in an eclipse journal and write down what they see, how they feel and where they were. They’ll be able to take it home as a keepsake.

Stout said teachers are prepared to make sure everyone’s eyes are protected but parents did have an opportunity to opt out because of safety concerns. 

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