Teachers and parent volunteers closely monitored the Endeavor students to assure they used their protective glasses properly to safe-guard their eyes.
Endeavor school parent Abigail Pryor came to school to share the historic event with her child.
“I’m excited to share this with my child,” said Pryor.
Take a look of a timelapse of the eclipse taken in the Miami Valley.
Fellow Endeavor parent Stacey Lang, joined her daughter Riley on the school playground to watch.
The young student said, “I think it’s really cool. It’s really interesting to look at it (the sun) because it’s this little orange strip and the rest is covered.”
A few area schools closed Monday rather than risk students suffering visual damage while others extended their hours allowing students to stay inside during the roughly three-hour eclipse window.
Endeavor and officials at other area school districts allowed parents to opt their child out of outdoor eclipse viewing. For those students, schools offered live-stream coverage of the event they could view.
Some local districts such as Fairfield, which opens Sept. 5 and Middletown, which begins classes Tuesday, were spared having to make such decisions regarding how to handle the eclipse.
The planning and extra effort was worth it, said Andrea Blevins, principal of Endeavor, which is the biggest elementary in the 22-school Lakota school system.
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“They (students) are learning about this in class and now they can come outside and experience it. That’s the most exciting part of this,” said Blevins. “And our staff is excited because they have never taken part in something like this either.”
“Teachers have been doing lessons on the eclipse since we started the new school year last Wednesday and there’s been a real buzz about this,” she said.