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Cesar Favela, in front, and Paige Marlow, Holyoke second-graders, gaze at the highly-anticipated solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21. — Johnson Publications

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Holyoke third-graders get their first glimpse of the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21. Students are pictured from left, front row, Alexx Mateo Zazo and Claire Hubbard; second row, Ricardo Goytia, Elia Wear and Sophie Rahe; and back row, Peyton Adams, Maelynn Frost, Daniela Castillo Marquez, Jackie Santiesteban and Roxy Santos. — Johnson Publications

Look to the sky

School takes advantage of historic educational opportunity

    A cookie with a bite taken out of it. A big chunk of cheese. Banana, boomerang and Pacman. Smiles spread across students’ faces as they peered up at the sky and attempted to describe what they saw during the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21.
    While some were flocking to nearby Nebraska to the path of totality, Holyoke School District Re-1J took advantage of the opportunity to view the eclipse right here in Holyoke.
    Around 600 pairs of special eclipse glasses — sponsored by Star 92.3, Melissa Memorial Hospital, Printers Paper & More, Scholl Oil and Transportation, and Holyoke Chamber of Commerce — made it possible for students and staff at Holyoke Elementary School and Holyoke JR/SR High School to safely watch the solar eclipse.
    Elementary students pointed in awe as the moon first began to cover the sun at 10:27 a.m. They held their glasses tight, knowing a peek at the sun could permanently damage their eyes. Classroom activities and the NASA live feed on the internet gave students a new perspective of the eclipse before they headed back outside with a sack lunch to view the maximum eclipse at 11:52 a.m.

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