A Georgia College professor is donating 10,000 pairs of protective glasses so central Georgia students and community members can safely see the August 21 solar eclipse.

Dr. Donovan Domingue, a physics and astronomy professor at the university, is dropping off 8,800 pairs at Baldwin County Schools, Clifton Ridge Middle in Jones County, and Putnam County Elementary and Middle school this week.

The remainder will be given to the Girl Scouts, Georgia Military Academy, Mary Vinson Memorial Library, and to Ridge Road Elementary in Washington County.

To celebrate this rare event, Domingue will be speaking to children about the eclipse at the library and Georgia College’s Planetarium.

On Tuesday, August 15, there will be two story time sessions at the library. There will be space-themed books, crafts, videos and music for children 6 and under. The two sessions are at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Domingue will be at the second session.

On Wednesday, August 16, there will be a drop-in program at the library when kids can see scale models of the Moon and Earth. There will be space-themed prizes. It runs from 3-5 p.m.

On Thursday, August 17, a group of children will visit the planetarium at Georgia College at 3:30 p.m. for a 40-minute simulation of the eclipse. Parents are required to sign their child up in advance at the library.

On Monday, August 21, there will be a viewing party in the library parking lot.