St. Louis Solar Eclipse Expo

Penny Sicking, 6, and her 8-year-old brother, Charlie Sicking, gaze up at the sun with their new eclipse glasses on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the St. Louis Solar Eclipse Expo at Queeny Park Recreational Complex in West County. Photo by Morgan Timms, mtimms@post-dispatch.com

The St. Louis Eclipse Task force is working to get solar glasses onto the eyes of any area kid who wants them, but they are looking for more donors to make that happen.

As of Wednesday, the Solar Glasses for Kids Program has received more than 250 applications from schools requesting 112,600 pairs of glasses, which are needed to safely watch the partial solar eclipse stage of the total solar eclipse crossing the area on Aug. 21.

They believe they have enough money donated to buy 140,000 solar glasses, but based on their estimates, less than half of the area’s 500,000 students and staff in kindergarten through 12 grade will get them, said Don Ficken, president of the task force.

They must get funding by Friday, July 14 for orders to be placed with the manufacturer for timely shipment. Contributions to the program can be made by check or credit card. To give by credit card, visit the Solar Glasses for Kids Program link located on the home page of www.stlouiseclipse2017.org.

To contribute by check, make checks payable to the St. Louis Astronomical Society, a non-profit, and mail to:

St. Louis Astronomical Society

c/o Solar Glasses for Kids Program

13024 Barrett Crossing CT

Kirkwood, MO 63122‐4900

They are still taking applications on the website from area schools needing the glasses. An authorized school representative must apply.

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