District of Columbia Public Charter School Board

08/24/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/25/2017 11:08

Eclipse of the Sun Fun

'It looks like a crescent,' said Briahna Tyree, a fourth grader at DC Bilingual Public Charter School in Northeast D.C. 'It's a crescent sun.' Students at this school started learning about the eclipse at the end of last school year. They were given suggested activities to learn about it over the summer before they watched it on the first day. Money was donated to the school to purchase special eclipse glasses for all the students and staff. Emily Kuller, a fourth-grade teacher, said her biggest concern was safety - which she reinforced shortly before the students stepped outside.

'I don't want to scare you all, but I'm going to scare you a little bit,' Kuller told them. 'Do not take the glasses off.' When Kuller took her students outside, she brought iPads and had the students log temperature and cloud coverage while they watched the eclipse. But it was hot and soon, students lined up to go back inside to finish their first day. 'It makes the first day more special,' said student Hernan Cortez.