So, you planned ahead (or scrambled from behind) and outfitted your family with eclipse glasses for the big event. Now what? We know what you can do with those eclipse glasses!
Astronomers Without Borders has an Eclipse Glasses Redistribution Program. The glasses have a shelf life of about three years and the organization plans to send the collected shades to schools in South America and Asia for use in 2019 when eclipses will cross those continents. We think the idea of kids in these countries using a bunch of glasses from us in Wisconsin is so fun. And keeping them out of the landfill is a major bonus.
If you are planning to attend one of our Boo Hoo – Back to School events on September 5th and September 6th at Fireside Cafe in Menasha or to our 4th Annual Go Valley Kids Social, bring your shades along and we will collect them to mail in to the program.
Maybe you’re not going to be able to make one of these super fun events. We’ll miss you! But, you can still donate your glasses. Maybe you could even collect some at your school, work, church, or gym and send in a whole bunch! This might be a great project for a scout troop or classroom also. You can head over to Astronomers Without Borders and sign up for their newsletter for an update about where to send them. You can follow them on Facebook for updates also. Or, if you want to send yours in now before you forget the safe place you’ve stashed them, you can send them here:
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762