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Video: Northampton schoolchildren mark summer solstice

  • Ryan Road Elementary school make a sun as a way to celebrate  the summer solstice Friday afternoon. <br/><br/><br/>CAROL LOLLIS

    Ryan Road Elementary school make a sun as a way to celebrate the summer solstice Friday afternoon.


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  •  Hayden Matrishon,7,left,  and Sean Zadworny,7, enjoyed their popsicles  during a summer solstice celebration held June 21 at the Robert K. Finn  Ryan Road Elementary School in Florence. <br/><br/>CAROL LOLLIS

    Hayden Matrishon,7,left, and Sean Zadworny,7, enjoyed their popsicles during a summer solstice celebration held June 21 at the Robert K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School in Florence.

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  • Ryan Road Elementary school make a sun as a way to celebrate  the summer solstice Friday afternoon. <br/><br/><br/>CAROL LOLLIS

    Ryan Road Elementary school make a sun as a way to celebrate the summer solstice Friday afternoon.


    CAROL LOLLIS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ryan Road Elementary school make a sun as a way to celebrate  the summer solstice Friday afternoon. <br/><br/><br/>CAROL LOLLIS
  •  Hayden Matrishon,7,left,  and Sean Zadworny,7, enjoyed their popsicles  during a summer solstice celebration held June 21 at the Robert K. Finn  Ryan Road Elementary School in Florence. <br/><br/>CAROL LOLLIS
  • Ryan Road Elementary school make a sun as a way to celebrate  the summer solstice Friday afternoon. <br/><br/><br/>CAROL LOLLIS

Parents watched as the school staff arranged the children into nine lines, representing rays of the sun, which rotated around kindergartners in the middle.

While it might just seem to be a way for the students to welcome summer and blow off steam, Principal Margaret Riddle said there’s also an educational aspect to it. “The seasons change because of the tilt of the earth on its axis as it travels around the sun,” she said. “It’s an important thing for kids to learn in science, but it’s really hard to understand.”

The school holds a similar celebration for the start of the other seasons.

— CHRIS KORNICHUK

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