SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many schools across Kentuckiana used the solar eclipse as a teaching tool. In Shelby County, the students were learning about the historic event by getting outside and looking at it.

"We're just trying to make learning fun here at Shelby County High School," said student Betzabe Lopez.

From the classrooms to outside in the stadium, eclipse-mania hit Shelby County High School in full swing. 

"One of the reasons we're excited about this event is it allows us to take a real phenomenon out in the world and teach our students about it in a meaningful way," said Lindsay Ricke, a teacher who helped organize Monday's festivities.

The day started with lessons about the solar eclipse. Students learned about the eclipse in a variety of ways with cross-curricular activities including science, math and safety. 

"It’s all about empowering students and preparing them to be ready," said Shelby County High School Principal Margo Whisman.

After they hit the books and got hands-on, students were prepared to head outside and look up at the sun safely. 

"Everyone here is going to be able to remember this differently than people who went to a different school," Lopez said. 

The students did not take the rare opportunity to see the eclipse with their classmates for granted. 

"It just means a lot because I know that some kids won't get to see it," student Sean Gilpatrick said. 

With their newfound knowledge and a pair of solar eclipse glasses, the students witnessed history and experienced the lesson of a lifetime. 

"I'm definitely going to remember this day," Lopez said. 

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