Students at a local middle school witness solar eclipse for the first time

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CHIPLEY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After a quick safety lesson in the auditorium, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Roulhac Middle School in Chipley took to the courtyard for a solar eclipse watch party.

"I definitely think that this is a special chance for all of us and we should all enjoy it while we can," seventh grade student at Roulhac Middle School, Grace Futch said.

All the students who witnessed the event did so for the very first time.

"My parents and their parents, they haven't really seen it before and to be 13 and to see it, and you parents be 30 or older and them not see it, it's really extraordinary for me to see it," eighth grade student, Davis Corbin said.

"It might just be one thing, but although it is just one thing, it is also astounding at the same time," seventh grade student Carter Bennett said.

Students weren't the only ones experiencing something new.

"Well it is not just their first time; there was an eclipse back in 1979 in northwest Florida but I was very very young at the time so I am super excited, they're excited," Roulhac Middle School Science Teacher, Greta Draayom said.

Mrs. Draayom says she and other science teachers have been preparing for this for years. "Preliminary preparations began over three years ago, when I was teaching with another science teacher. We jokingly said, 'Hey, this is coming up, we really should just take a road-trip and go to totality,' but then we decided that really, it was a better opportunity to stay here and view it with our kids."

Many students say this field day will be one they'll remember and talk about for generations to come.