When the first day of school falls on the same day as the first solar eclipse to occur in the United States in a century, what do you do? If you are Greeley-Evans School District 6, you purchase 22,000 NASA-approved glasses for students to view this historic event.

Students in all District 6 schools, including charter schools, were given the special safety glasses to view the near-total eclipse on Monday. August 21, which was also the first day of school. District 6 officials made the decision over the summer that students should be able to experience the solar eclipse safely on the first day of the 2017-18 school year. Teachers and administrators were given learning materials and curriculum to provide to students before the viewing. They were also given safety instructions about the proper use of the glasses.

The day was clear and the viewing was great for participating students.

“Once we realized the solar eclipse was going to be on the first day of school, our finance and academic achievement staff worked hard to find enough glasses so that every student could participate,” says Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “It was an exciting learning opportunity we didn’t want our students to miss. And, it was a great way to start off the new school year.”

School Kickoff Community Celebration a great success

More than 3,100 backpacks filled with school supplies were given out to students on Saturday, August 12 during the fourth annual School Kickoff Community Celebration at Island Grove Regional Park and Event Center.

The School Kickoff also included a free brunch for more than 3,000 people who attended, as well as more than 70 community booths, including a petting zoo, face painting and many giveaways from community organizations and sponsors of the event.

Greeley-Evans School District 6 would like to thank the 250 volunteers who helped make the School Kickoff Community Celebration a resounding success. This event is totally funded through sponsors and donations, and we could not do it without committed volunteers.

It is estimated between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended this year’s event.