I remember participating in a partial solar eclipse on October 2, 1978. It was my grandfather's birthday and I was a student at Chino Valley Elementary school in Chino Valley Arizona. I would have been approaching my own 7th birthday and in Mrs Gertijensen's 2nd grade class.
I remember building something out of an Oatmeal Can to safely observe the eclipse. I can still remember the experience in the playground very clearly.
On August 21, 2017 we will have a total Solar Eclipse and I look forward to sharing the experience with my wife and kids :)