Solar Eclipse -- Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart students take time to watch the eclipse from the school yard. Pictured (left to right) are Dawson Lohman, Brandon Hartke, Aiden Tegeler, Nate Braun, Joshua Jenson and A.J. Hoefft.

By Kim Jansen
News Report Staff
Whether they were inside watching through video or outside wearing protective eyewear, area students had the opportunity to experience the much anticipated solar eclipse.
Area schools throughout the county participated in the national event in different ways, with many of the older students getting the opportunity to watch the astronomical phenomenon first hand, while and many of the younger students were able to watch the phases of the eclipse on television and computers.
Because of safety concerns regarding protective eyewear and keeping children’s eyes safe during the event, school officials each handled the day as they felt was best for their students.
Students at Tri-Star Academy and Aspire High School in Effingham spent the entire day learning about different types of eclipses, participating in lessons relating to the eclipse, and watching the phases of the solar eclipse from the school yard.
Aspire Freshman Kayden Anderson, of Effingham, who was outside ready with his glasses, had been looking forward to the day.
“The moon will be moving in front of the sun, which rarely happens,” said Anderson. “It is just an experience I have wanted to see after hearing so much about it. I don’t really know what to expect. I just want to see it.”
Anderson felt fortunate that he was allowed to be outside during the event.
“It’s cool that they have given us the amount of trust that they have to allow us to come outside,” he said.
Aspire senior Dakota Weck, of Mason, also was anticipating the event and was anxious to experience the eclipse first hand.
“It’s going to get dark, and I am excited about it being dark because. I just love the dark,” said Weck, who added his teachers have been preparing them for what to expect through classroom lessons.
Aspire junior Calista McGee, of Effingham, joined her class on the school yard in anticipation of the eclipse.
“I am excited to see how the moon covers the sun,” said McGee. “I feel like we are privileged because we get to actually come out and see the eclipse happen. I am excited to watch it actually happen.”
McGee added she hoped her parents had the opportunity to experience the eclipse, too.
Although the view of the eclipse from the Effingham area may not have been what many students had anticipated, as far as the sky darkening, many of the students are now anxious to view the already hyped solar eclipse in seven years, when the Effingham area will experience the Total Eclipse.