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This past Monday, students at Provost Elementary had the unique opportunity to watch Mercury’s transit across the sun.

The students used a telescope with a special sun filter attached, which was donated by the Provo City School District Foundation, to view this extraordinary event. Students from all classes were invited to participate and Mr. Sprunger’s sixth grade class hosted the activity.

As the students peered through the telescope, they were able to see Mercury as a small black dot crossing the sun’s surface. It was visible from most places on Earth and lasted for approximately 6 hours. This event won’t occur again until 2032, when most Provost sixth graders will be 23 years old!

This activity was a great example of utilizing life events to enhance a child’s education and passion for learning. We’d like to thank the Provo City School District Foundation for the donation of the telescope, as well as all those involved in making this activity possible for these students.

Shauna Sprunger
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