The millions of eclipse glasses — used once — filling trash cans across the U.S. can instead be put to good use. The McPherson Museum, located at 1111 W. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, is a drop-off location for Astronomers Without Borders. The organization is accepting used eclipse glasses to distribute to school children in South America and Asia, who will use them during the 2019 eclipse. “We know there’s a lot of people around who have the glasses and have used them once, so as long as they’re not bent up or anything, they’re good to be reused in 2019,” said Anna Ruxlow, director of the museum. The museum and McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a trip to Beatrice, Nebraska this week to view Monday’s solar eclipse. When posting the group’s photos to Facebook, Travel Center Administrative Assistant Katie Selzer, noticed a post about donating eclipse glasses. “My sister-in-law is a teacher in Kansas City and she shared it on Facebook. I clicked on it and started reading up on it and talked to Anna about it,” Selzer said. “Most people would just throw them away so we thought it would be a great idea to reuse them.” The experience prompted organizers to share their opportunity with others. “These school children can’t afford to buy those glasses from anywhere, and that way they’re getting the reputable glasses to wear,” Ruxlow said. “We enjoyed it at Beatrice so much and it was such a powerful experience, we thought this could be a great way to pass on that experience to another group so they can see it safely.” Drop off eclipse glasses at the museum front desk from 8 to 5 p.m. weekdays or 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. Astronomers Without Borders uses donations and membership support to bring their passion for astronomy around the world through programs like sharing eclipse glasses. For more information about their programs, visit http://astronomerswithoutborders.org
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