Rochester Schools Receive Donation of 32,000 Eclipse Glasses from Rochester Museum & Science Center


Rochester Schools Receive Donation of 32,000 Eclipse Glasses from Rochester Museum & Science Center

The Rochester Museum & Science Center has generously donated 32,000 eclipse glasses to the City School District in preparation for the upcoming April 8 solar eclipse. The Rochester Board of Education voted to accept this gift, which has an estimated value of $80,000. School board members expressed excitement and gratitude for the donation, noting that it will provide students and educators with a unique opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon.

Board member Camille Simmons described the donation as a “wonderful gift” for the community, while Amy Maloy hoped that it would inspire students to pursue careers in fields such as physics or astronomy. Each pair of glasses weighs about 1/100 of a pound, making the total weight of 32,000 pairs a hefty 320 pounds. When district staff collected the boxes of glasses in January, they noticed how heavy the load was, emphasizing the scale of the donation.

The eclipse glasses have certified safety lenses specifically designed for viewing the sun without risking eye damage. Board member Maloy stressed the importance of using these specialty glasses instead of regular sunglasses when observing the eclipse. The Rochester community is grateful for the donation, recognizing that not everyone would have access to these glasses otherwise.

The school district is committed to ensuring that all students are able to safely view the solar eclipse. Although Rochester will not experience a total solar eclipse again until 2144, the donation of eclipse glasses will allow current students and educators to witness this rare event without putting their eyes at risk.

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