Col­lec­tion drive on for eclipse glasses

As­tronomers With­out Borders col­lect­ing glasses for Asian and South Amer­i­can schools

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NEWS - TYLER KULA tkula@post­media.com

What does one do with a used pair of eclipse-view­ing glasses? Give them away. A few hun­dred of the tinted specs were in the com­mu­nity re­cently when the sky dark­ened dur­ing the par­tial so­lar eclipse Aug. 21.

Now prop­erty com­pany Steeves and Rozema is col­lect­ing gen­tly used pairs and do­nat­ing them to schools in South Amer­ica and Asia – via As­tronomers With­out Borders – for when eclipses cross those con­ti­nents in 2019.

“We just thought what a great op­por­tu­nity to re­use some­thing that many of us who had them didn’t know what to do with them,” said Caryn Tay­lor, who’s lead­ing the col­lec­tion drive for the com­pany.

They had 150 pairs for com­pany of­fi­cials to check out the spec­ta­cle last month, she said.

The Lambton County Li­brary sys­tem also lent 150 pairs for the day.

The col­lec­tion closes Sept. 17 and there are eight drop-off lo­ca­tions in Sar­nia:

• Afton Park Place, 1200 Afton Dr.

• Rose­wood Vil­lage, 711 In­dian Rd.

• Tril­lium Villa, 1221 Michi­gan Ave.

• Vil­lage on the St. Clair, 170 Front St. S.

• Twin Lakes Vil­lage, 1310 Mur­phy Rd.

• Land­mark Vil­lage, 1370 L’Her­itage Dr.

• St. Clair Corp. Cen­tre, #200 – 265 N Front St.

TYLER KULA/THE OB­SERVER

Aly Lee, 5, checks out a par­tial eclipse of the sun from out­side the Bright's Grove Li­brary Aug. 21. Steeves and Rozema is col­lect­ing gen­tly used pairs of eclipse glasses un­til Sept. 17 to do­nate to As­tronomers With­out Borders.

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