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Central Illinois educators got to provide a learning experience like no other on Monday. The total solar eclipse that crossed the country gave area teachers and students a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical learning experience.


Although the plan was for all students to go outside for the eclipse at Taylorville Junior High School, the school district purchased their solar glasses from Amazon which recalled their glasses prior to the eclipse. But there was a secondary plan, and TJHS Principal Kirk Kettelkamp says it gave students a longer-lasting eclipse experience.



Kettelkamp says the educational value of the eclipse is important, but it’s also important to give the students the chance to experience the phenomenon.



Abby Heberling is an eighth grader at TJHS and got to enjoy the eclipse on Monday. She says the eclipse was a great experience that she would love to see again.



The next American total solar eclipse isn’t another lifetime away. It will come through the U.S. on April 8, 2024.

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