Hubbard students glow with excitement for eclipse

HUBBARD — Hubbard Elementary School students celebrated the upcoming eclipse Wednesday by creating eclipse glow art.

Art teacher Megan Marino said she made her students’ art glow by blacking out windows, using ultraviolet lights and neon art supplies. She also told her students to wear neon so they could glow, too.

“I wanted to teach my students about the total eclipse because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I wanted to kind of tie science into the art lesson,” she said.

Marino said students in kindergarten through second grade used oil pastels to paint the sun and moon’s alignment. Third- and fourth-grade students painted the sun and moon’s phases.

She said her students enjoy glow art.

“I think as an elementary school teacher it’s always important to create core memories for your students because I think we all think about our days being in elementary school and you really always remember your specials teachers,” Marino said. “So, I thought this would be something (positive) since it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that all my students (will) remember.”

Specials are classes such as gym, music, art and STEM.

Fourth graders met at 11:30 a.m. to do their glow art projects.

Lincoln Takash, one of the fourth graders, said he also is excited for the eclipse.

“I’ve never seen an eclipse in my life, and I think it’s going to be cool that it’s going to turn from day to night,” he said.

He said his favorite thing about “drawing is using my passion and art is one of my favorite things to do.”

Another fourth grader, Stella Rodrigues, said her favorite thing about the glow art project was “learning different things and drawing new things.” She’s excited for the eclipse, she said.

Shawn Marcello, the elementary school principal, said each department and teacher had an opportunity to have an eclipse activity for the students.

“They’re also getting an additional lesson on the eclipse or another story read to them about eclipses,” he said. “The cafeteria workers actually even said they were going to look to purchase moon pies as an optional snack that day.”

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