We estimate that there are over 500,000 K-12 students in the greater St. Louis area. 

More than 340 applications from schools have been received for FREE solar glasses requesting a total of 161,000 free solar glasses. Funding is now in place to purchase 157,000 to fulfill these requests.  In addition to glasses provide by our program, we estimate that between 100,000 to 150,000 solar glasses have been purchased directly by schools.  This leaves a substantial number of St. Louis area schools without solar glasses.  School administrators returning from summer break will realize they do not have solar glasses resulting in a likely last minute surge in applications.  

Please help us by donating to our program!

Donations from the general public and corporate donors are welcomed.  Current funding will purchase 105,000 solar glasses and additional funding looks promising, but is not guaranteed!  Any contribution level will help.  $10.00 will purchase enough glasses for a typical classroom.  $75.00 will purchase enough solar glasses for a small school. Larger donations will purchase glasses for several schools.

If you are school, please apply for the program!  Don't wait!



Many thanks to MasterCard for donating 50,000 solar glasses to our program!

Donate to the Program:

Please consider making a contribution to our "Solar Glasses for Kids" program. Contributions will be used to fulfill requests for safe solar viewing glasses for qualifying schools in the regional St. Louis area. All funds will be handled by the St. Louis Astronomical Society which is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit established in 1936 (Federal ID# 43-1439598). 

To contribute by credit card, please enter an amount in the "Solar Glasses for Kids" donate area on the left margin of this page.

To contribute by check, please make checks payable to the St. Louis Astronomical Society and mail the check to:

St. Louis Astronomical Society
c/o Solar Glasses for Kids Program
13024 Barrett Crossing CT
Kirkwood, MO 63122-4900  

 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 launched with 20,000 solar glasses available for distribution to schools. An additional 15,000 eclipse glasses have been secured. More 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 can click here to apply. An authorized representative of the school must complete the application. If awarded the glasses, an authorized representative must pick up the glasses based on arrangements with our task force.

  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 factors:

    • 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 based on arrangements outlined by the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force.

    • 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 if they will receive an allotment of solar glasses. Schools that have not picked up their allotment of glasses based on arrangements may forfeit their allotment.

 To apply for the program, click here



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