BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - Plenty of schools across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry closed for the eclipse out of caution.
Bulloch County was among the few that remained open, but so many students stayed home or left early that teachers were able to turn it into a living lesson.
Teachers at Mill Creek Elementary took students out in small groups during the beginning of the eclipse with each wearing their glasses to look up and see the partial covering of the sun. They were able to explain what was happening and share some of the feeds from other places with clearer views.
The school's STEM teacher tells me it helps her get students interested.
"So, this is going to allow them to see all the material they've read, all the videos they've seen to literally come to reality," said Paige Rountree. "This is something that doesn't happen very often. The last time this happened was many, many years ago."
The weather didn't exactly help. At the peak of the eclipse, clouds rolled in.
Even though it did not get as dark as some had hoped, they were able to see the eclipse begin.