Catholic students watch historic solar eclipse Aug. 21

Msgr. Lawrence Frederick “Father Fred” (left) and Brother Richard Sanker try out their pinhole projections of the eclipse on the sidewalk at Catholic High School.
Msgr. Lawrence Frederick “Father Fred” (left) and Brother Richard Sanker try out their pinhole projections of the eclipse on the sidewalk at Catholic High School.
Hundreds of tiny crescent sun images are projected on the CHS sidewalk and other surfaces by the light passing through small spaces between leaves during the eclipse Aug. 21.
Hundreds of tiny crescent sun images are projected on the CHS sidewalk and other surfaces by the light passing through small spaces between leaves during the eclipse Aug. 21.
Young students at St. Joseph School in Conway smile while watching the eclipse.
Young students at St. Joseph School in Conway smile while watching the eclipse.
St. Joseph students viewed the eclipse during their school day. While Arkansas was not in the path of totality, students were treated to a partial solar eclipse.
St. Joseph students viewed the eclipse during their school day. While Arkansas was not in the path of totality, students were treated to a partial solar eclipse.
Students at St. John School in Russellville watch the solar eclipse.
Students at St. John School in Russellville watch the solar eclipse.
Students at St. John School worked on solar eclipse projects and activities in the classroom.
Students at St. John School worked on solar eclipse projects and activities in the classroom.

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Catholic High students in Little Rock got a roughly 20-minute break after lunch to view the partial solar eclipse, including ninth-grader Jake Churan (left) and seniors John Rogers, Reed Seay, Max Kane and Brett Haley.

Some Catholic elementary schools initially planned to host viewing activities outside but opted for safety reasons to keep the children inside watching a live feed.

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