Cleveland, TN, August 4, 2017 (Newswire.com) - When the Great Eclipse of 2017 takes place on August 21, students in four Tennessee school systems and two Georgia systems will be able to remember the historic moment thanks to the donation of special eclipse viewing glasses.
Allan Jones, the founder and chairman of Check Into Cash, announced this week that 43,000 special dark glasses were donated by the company that has 987 centers nationwide. The Tennessee school systems included are Bradley County, Cleveland, Dayton, and Rhea County. Whitfield County and Dalton are the two Georgia systems.
Jones, who frequently appears on Fox News, considers the eclipse to be the educational opportunity of a lifetime and said the glasses were made by American Paper Optics, one of the few companies approved by NASA as “safe.”
The glasses are personalized with the date and a unique message for the school systems so that students would have a special historical keepsake that they could keep in their favorite drawer.
“There are people traveling to the United States from all over the world to see the only total eclipse of the sun in the last 26 years – it’s a major event that people will talk about for generations and no one is more excited than kids,” said Jones. “We wanted students to be able to have fun watching the eclipse without risking eye damage and that is why we considered only glasses that were NASA-approved.”
Jones recalled that as a child, he was always a big fan of astronomy and that fascination carried over into adulthood.
“I took an astronomy class at a local college but I only attended about half the classes,” said Jones. “My wife, Janie, kept telling me I was going to fail. However, I ended up making a 98!”
Jones – who later went to Barbados to see Hailey’s Comet - said he passed the class thanks to two magazine subscriptions – one to Sky magazine and another to a magazine called Astronomy.
The businessman got the idea to purchase the glasses for this summer’s Aug. 21 eclipse after remembering how a partial eclipse back in the ‘80s went largely uncelebrated by the local schools.
“My daughter Courtney was in the fourth grade, so I went and got some welding glasses and used a machine to label them ‘Courtney’s welding glasses’ and I put the date on them,” Jones said. “When the eclipse came, I took her out of class and we went to the front lawn of the school and watched it and then I took her back to class. It was amazing to me that nobody else in the school was interested.”
During the August 21 eclipse, the Moon's shadow will fly across the United States in about 90 minutes. The path of this shadow - or “The Path of Totality” - is where observers will see the Moon completely cover the Sun for about two and a half minutes. The Path of Totality is a relatively thin ribbon around 70 miles wide that will cross the U.S. from West to East.
Along with Cleveland and Bradley County, Rhea students are in the Path of Totality. Students in Whitfield County and Dalton will need to travel 45 minutes away to Blue Ridge, Georgia to place themselves in the path.
“We want our students to realize that some people are driving or flying thousands of miles just to get themselves into The Path,” said Jones. “And here it is, coming right to your neighborhood or very close to your neighborhood. Don’t miss it, because if you do you will have to wait seven years for another one in 2024!”
Source: Check Into Cash