Some local elementary school teachers are planning a solar eclipse viewing party next week.

On Monday, the Hutchings Elementary fifth grade teachers will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 1 to 3pm on the school's soccer field. The teachers have invited past students as well as the incoming fifth-grade class to attend the event. Officials say they’ll see the moon and sun as they go through the stages of the solar eclipse, which is covered in the fifth-grade curriculum. This is not the first time that the school's fifth grade teachers have hosted an eclipse viewing party.

In March 2015, they planned and hosted a lunar eclipse viewing party before school, which was well attended. Officials caution that the viewing party is dependent on the weather.

In addition to the Howell event, the Cromaine district Library in Hartland is also hosting a solar eclipse viewing party. (JM)