Apply for the Program

Program Overview: 

  1. What are goals of the program?  The goal of the program is to promote safe viewing practices for the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by providing ISO certified solar glasses to as many pre-collegiate schools as possible located in the Greater St. Louis area.   Priority will be given to schools with the greatest percent of free and reduced lunch students and/or the lowest amount of per pupil expenditures. 

  2. Who can apply?  Applications must be made by an authorized school representative of a public, private or parochial pre-K-12 school located in the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, City of St. Louis, St. Louis or Warren, or the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair.

  3. Are the solar glasses safe?  The solar glasses are ISO certified glasses that are manufactured and distributed by Rainbow Symphony in California, one of the leading manufacturers of solar glasses. 

  4. How many glasses will be available for distribution?  The program will launch with 20,000 solar glasses available for distribution to schools.  Additional glasses could be made available based on the success of the task force’s fund raising efforts.  

  5. How many glasses can a school receive?  Schools can receive one pair of glasses per student and staff member.  The task force reserves the right to limit the number of glasses provided to each school.  If a school has already received a quantity of glasses from other sources, this amount will be deducted from the quantity provided. 

  6. What is the cost to the school?  There will be no cost to the school if they are awarded glasses.  

  7. Are there any restrictions regarding the glasses?  The glasses are intended to be used by students and staff of the school.  They cannot be resold to raise funds for school activities or programs.  

  8. What is the application process?  Qualifying schools must apply online at www.eclipseexpo.org no later than Friday, June 2, 2017.   An authorized representative of the school must complete the application.  If awarded the glasses, an authorized representative of the school must pick up the glasses at the June 17, 2017 Solar Eclipse Expo.  The expo will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park located at 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO 63031. 

  9. How will the decision be made on what school districts will receive glasses?  Allocation of solar glasses to schools will be made at the sole discretion of the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force.  However, the intent of the Task Force is to allocate solar glasses to school based upon the following factorss: 

    • The number of solar glasses available by distribution by the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force. 

    • Agreement by authorized school representatives to pick up their solar glasses at the June 17, 2017 Solar Eclipse Expo

    • Priority will be given to schools with the greatest percent of free and reduced lunch students and/or the lowest amount of per pupil expenditures.

    • For schools of similar size and economic demographics, earlier applications will receive priority over later applications

    • The number of solar glasses already available by the school for use by students/staff. 

  10. When will schools be notified if they will receive an allotment of glasses?  Schools will be notified by email no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 if they will receive an allotment of solar glasses.  Schools that have not picked up their allotment of glasses at the Solar Eclipse Expo by 5pm on Saturday, June 17 may forfeit their allotment.   

  11. What if my school is not awarded solar glasses at the June 17, 2017 expo?  Is there still a possibility that my school can receive solar glasses from the St. Louis Eclipse task force?  Yes.  The St. Louis Eclipse Task Force anticipates raising funds after the June 17, 2017 Expo and will award as many solar glasses to schools as funds allow.  The priority of allocation will be to schools who applied for the program but did not receive glasses. 

 

 

 

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Please consider supporting making a 501(c) 3 tax deductible donation to the St. Louis Astronomical Society to support our efforts to make this expo FREE for the public and to purchase eclipse glasses for schools.

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