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Minnesota high schools honor Class of 2020 with "#BeTheLightMN" tribute

Chris Long
Updated: April 17, 2020 11:24 PM
Created: April 17, 2020 11:02 PM

If you've driven by your local high school lately and wondered why the lights are on even though there aren't any games being played - there's a heck of a reason.

John Millea, the Media Specialist at the Minnesota State High School League, borrowed an idea he first saw taking hold in Colorado.  He went to Twitter with the #BeTheLightMN hashtag.

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Click the video box on this page to see the story as it appeared on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS - with photos from #BeTheLightMN schools statewide and comments from John Millea about the impact and emotions the movement is evoking

"BeTheLightMN" encourages high schools to leave stadium lights on at night in a tribute to students in the Class of 2020 whose senior year has been cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 250 schools have taken part. Some are turning lights on at 8:20pm - 20:20 in military time - to honor this year's graduates. Some schools are doing it one night a week, others every weeknight - it's left up to each school to decide what they wish to do.


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