‘Be The Light’ celebrates Class of 2020

Steve Lyon

A parade of honking vehicles circled Memorial Park on Friday evening in a show of community support for Weiser High School seniors and student-athletes impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
 The lights at the football and baseball fields were turned on for 20 minutes starting at 8:20 p.m. (2020 in military time) as part of “Be The Light,” an event that went viral across the state late last week.
 “The lights are to show that we are thinking of them, and that we will eventually be able to come back together and compete again at some (currently undetermined) point,” WHS athletic director Tyler Grant said in an email.
 The appearance of coronavirus in March in Idaho brought statewide school closures and suspended spring sports just as the seasons were getting started.
 It is not known yet whether spring sports will be able to resume again during this school year.
 The many participants in “Be The Light” in Weiser were reminded that the park is closed as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. They were urged to stay in their vehicles and follow social distancing rules and other public health guidelines.
 Students, parents and others were free to honk and cheer and make as much noise as they wanted as they looped around the park for 20 minutes. Some brought signs that paid tribute to the Class of 2020.
 The tribute also brought out fire trucks to join the event and Weiser police, who cruised with their overhead lights flashing for a few trips around the park.
 Photos from “Be The Light” events around the state have been shared with the hashtag #BeTheLightID.

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