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Students take in eclipse despite cloud cover

As the nation gazed skyward on Monday, so did Screven County students to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse.
Although the clouds did block the view in the county, some were able to see the moon passing in front of the sun in between the breaks in the clouds.
“I was pleased that the Screven County School system was able to provide the opportunity for students to observe the eclipse event in an educational and safe environment,” said Superintendent William Bland.
The Screven County schools extended their school day by 30 minutes for students to view the event with classmates and their teachers.
Glasses were provided to the students for the event.
“Leading up to the event, the teachers of all grade levels provided lessons to the students on how and why the eclipse occurs and how to view it safely,” Bland said.  
“A lot of time, thought, and effort went into providing the students an opportunity to experience this historic event in a safe, informed, and meaningful way,” Bland said.
The elementary school students seemed to have a little more visibility of the event compared to the middle and high schoolers.
“I was fortunate to spend the time with Pre-K to second grade group during the event,” Bland said. “I was impressed with how much the students could tell me about the event and what was happening. I kept hearing from the students comments like, ‘wow,’ ‘that is cool,’ and others.”   
Bland thanked several for their assistance in making the Monday learning activity possible.
“I would like to thank the teachers for all their diligent work leading up to the event and the administration for planning the logistics to make it happen,” Bland said. “The elementary and middle school was able to see the eclipse up to the point of full coverage by the moon.  
“Then the clouds roll in and visibility was limited so we moved back into the buildings,” Bland said. “Unfortunately, the high school was in a position where they did not see much due to the cloud cover.”
The Screven County Library held a learning session with SCHS science teacher Laura Mills on Saturday and then gathered with others at the city amphitheater on Monday for the actual event.
The library passed out glasses for the eclipse at both sessions.
“The Screven County Library was very happy with the interest in the eclipse in general and in our eclipse events in particular,” said assistant director Sharon Blank. “We had a great turnout for our Eclipse Preview and our Eclipse Party, and we hope that everyone had as much fun as we did safely observing the eclipse.  
“We were very happy to be able to provide assistance (and lots of eclipse glasses) to the community, and hope that they will continue to come to us for education, entertainment, and resources for many years to come,” Blank said.
“The library would like to thank the great folks at the City of Sylvania for letting us use the Sylvania Auditorium for the Eclipse Party, the Screven County School School System for donating glasses not needed by their students and staff to the library’s Eclipse Party, and STARnet (http://www.starnetlibraries.org/) for the grant that allowed us to give 500 solar eclipse glasses to the people of Screven County,” Blank said. “We would also like to thank Planters Operation Round-Up for the grant that allowed us to provide crafts and programming for the eclipse events.  And of course and as always, thank you to our community for supporting us.”