Blue Valley School District: Day Off To Honor Rare Solar Eclipse On August 21, 2017
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In less than two weeks, a once in a lifetime opportunity will arise and the world will have Monday, August 21st to witness the moon passing between the Sun and the Earth. This is known as the Solar Eclipse and this is the first time the Moon will completely cover the Sun since 1806; the next time will be 2205, highlighting the “once in a lifetime” aspect of this rare phenomenon.
To witness and celebrate this exciting event, many areas in the South and North have already given students the day off to give, not only students, but families, the opportunity to go outside for an event they will not witness again. Near Kansas City, St. Joseph is one of many popular areas to see the eclipse and many are already planning to go observe the profound change taking place in the world we breathe in. Previously, schools in the Kansas City area have been closed for celebrations to take place such as the Royals World Series in 2015. Particularly, many Olathe and Shawnee Mission district schools have already made arrangements for students to have a free day for the eclipse.
This is education at its finest, allowing students to witness history instead of reading about it. August 21st should be a day spent witnessing a change in our solar system, utilizing this rare lifetime opportunity. Therefore, I request a day off school to honor the eclipse with friends and family; to allow the Blue Valley School district to experience something they will never again have the chance to.
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