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Gallatin County teacher makes total solar eclipse commercial

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JUNCTION -- A Gallatin County teacher does her part to inform people about the total solar eclipse in August by making a commercial that has caught on with lots of people.

Lindsay Adams teaches high school Physical Science, but she says one particular lesson goes beyond the classroom.

She hopes her commercial will make more people aware of the spectacle of the eclipse. The commercial shows clips of southern Illinois places and faces.

"I had a former student. I had an old roommate. My brother's in it," says Adams. "There is a scene at the SIU towers and there was a local farm."

The 34-second commercial promotes the total solar eclipse shot, produced and edited by Adams.

"It's rare that we all come together and celebrate something good," says Adams.

Adams spent her summer break preparing this video to welcome visitors to Shawneetown.

"I wanted to find a way to help them spread the word that they would be in the path as well," explains Adams.

The clip quickly caught the attention of Carbondale Tourism leaders.

Executive Director Cinnamon Smith says she originally wanted to show the commercial at Chicago's downtown Amtrak station.

"We're hoping that people who ride Amtrak, who ride the various trains and different things for transportation in Chicago will see it, will become interested and want to come to Carbondale for the eclipse," adds Smith.

Carbondale started planning for the event in 2014 with multiple organizations working together to promote it.

"I realized that it was a perfect opportunity to help promote Carbondale as a destination for people who are wanting to watch the eclipse," says Smith.

Adams and Smith calls the eclipse one of the largest events, if not the largest event the area has seen in several decades.

"The darkness and the sunset around the horizon is definitely going to be a beautiful event," says Adams.

Adams says she plans to also make a documentary about witnessing the eclipse. You can see her commercial on several Carbondale social media pages.

The event is August 21, 2017.

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