Some school districts around Central Georgia are delaying dismissal next Monday so students can view the solar eclipse. Baldwin County Schools is one of those districts, and Wednesday, students got a special surprise to get ready for the historic event.
Kids across Central Georgia have been learning about the solar eclipse that will soon cast a shadow across the country, and the Peach State, and students at Baldwin County's Oak Hill Middle School say they're looking forward to seeing history.
"I'm pretty excited," student Tamia Smith said. "I've never seen one before, but I feel like it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
"I've always wanted to see it for myself because it sounds so cool," student Diana Cazacu said..
While working on making cardboard models of the eclipse, the eighth graders got a surprise from Georgia College and State University Science professors. They brought eclipse viewing glasses for the entire district.
"I think that it's an astronomer's duty to help young people get engaged in science, and I think the eclipse is a nice moment for everyone to participate," Dr. Donovan Dominigue said.
Physics and Astronomy Professor at Georgia College, Dr. Donovan Dominigue, says he's been working on this donation for about a year.
Director of the college's Science Education Center, Dr. Catrena Lisse, says the best part of distributing the glasses was seeing the kids' excitement.
"It was just wonderful to see their enthusiasm, to see their curiosity," Lisse said. "That's what fuels science, is curiosity."
As the glasses went on, it was clear the students agreed on one thing -- they were dark.
The glasses may seem dark now, but come Monday, students will see a kind of light that for some will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.