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Kirksville Schools prepare for back-to-school eclipse

Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire told KTVO this time of year is always exciting. (MGN Online)

Classes for students in the Kirksville R-III School District begin Thursday, August 17.

Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire told KTVO this time of year is always exciting.

However, he's especially looking forward to this school year, due to the 'celestial phenomenon' set to take place.

Just a few days after classes start, students hope to witness a solar eclipse.

"What's a better way to have a teachable, hands-on moment for our kids, than to allow our students and our staff to go out and see something that is kind of a lifetime event."

Kizzire says the district has teamed up with Truman State University, the City of Kirksville and Moberly Area Community College to make the most of the event.

He adds that students and staff will have the opportunity to use telescopes that will be specially set up.

The solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21.

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