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South Point Middle celebrates eclipse

SOUTH POINT — While South Point Middle School dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday in light of the historic solar eclipse across the country, the students spent their morning at the school learning and partaking in activities that had to do with the event.

“When we found out we were only going to have a half day, we wanted to do some activities with the students about the solar eclipse,” Mylissa Bentley, principal at the school said. “When the students got to school, we all gathered in the cafeteria for the first period to watch a video and have a lesson and discussion about the eclipse.”

From there, the students went outside for an eclipse graffiti exercise, where they drew pictures of solar eclipses on black poster paper, which will be displayed in the school, broke off into their individual classrooms for more in depth lessons on the eclipse, met again as a group for lunch going over solar eclipse vocabulary and finishing the day doing some activities in the gym.

“It was important to do some physical activity to get the kids up and moving. The kids were really excited about the solar eclipse,” Sara Chapman, assistant principal, said. “And we wanted to focus on all different learning styles, incorporating focused, visual, lecturing and physical movement. I think the kids had a lot of fun.”