Schools in the community and throughout the state of Minnesota have joined in the growing #BeTheLightMN movement by turning the lights on at their stadiums to show support for the Class of 2020 and community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 200 schools in the state have now joined the movement, which was started by Dumas High School in Texas and found statewide support in Colorado from the Colorado High School Activities Association as a way of providing hope during a time without competitive sports. More state high school activity organizations have joined in encouraging stadiums to be illuminated, including the Minnesota State High School League.
The MSHSL’s John Millea has been sharing information from schools that have announced their involvement with the hashtag #BeTheLightMN on Twitter, with a full running list of schools now available on Facebook as well.
Many local schools have become involved in the initiative. Bagley, Bemidji, Blackduck, Cass Lake-Bena, Fosston, Nevis, Park Rapids, and Win-E-Mac all turned on lights at their stadiums last night, with others planning to do so in the future or on a recurring basis.
Below is an alphabetical list of what area schools have done as part of #BeTheLightMN.
This story will continue to be updated as more area schools announce plans to take part.
Bagley High School
The Bagley Flyers will be joining #BeTheLightMN and turning on the lights at the Bagley Athletic Complex on Monday night at 8:20pm. (20:20) for 20 minutes to honor our Class of 2020 and shine rays of HOPE for our students, staff and communities. @mediacrew162. @MSHSLjohn
— Flyers Athletics (@FlyersAthletics) April 6, 2020
The lights are shining on the BHS Class of 2020!! pic.twitter.com/jMYPkLvego
— Flyers Athletics (@FlyersAthletics) April 7, 2020
Bemidji High School
Bemidji High School announced it will join the #BeTheLightMN trend and light up the BSU baseball field at 7 p.m. on Monday nights for 20 minutes and 20 seconds "to recognize our wonderful community and the class of 2020."
— Micah Friez (@micahfriez) April 6, 2020
Blackduck High School
Cass Lake-Bena High School
— Cass Lake-Bena Football (@CLBFootball) April 4, 2020
This lights were on tonight on the football field and in the gymnasium in Cass Lakefor 20 minutes each. Class of 2020 this was for you! #BeTheLightMN @MSHSLjohn @JoelHoover @BemidjiSports @krjbkrjmkkcq #GoPanthers pic.twitter.com/xZeNExXnQk
— Cass Lake-Bena Football (@CLBFootball) April 7, 2020
Deer River High School
Fosston High School
@fosstonschools and @FHSGreyhounds will be joining #BeTheLightMN and turning on the lights at Thompson Field on Monday night at 8:20pm (20:20) for 20 mins to honor our Class of 2020 and shine rays of HOPE for our students, staff and communities #FosstonStrong @MSHSLjohn pic.twitter.com/NbEdCe6cKg
— Ryan Hanlon (@ryanhanlon12) April 4, 2020
It was fun to see the lights on and so many cars at the field tonight for #BeTheLightMN and to see so many front porch lights on around town to honor and support our senior class, our students, our staff, our parents and our communities #FosstonProud #FosstonStrong pic.twitter.com/P5249Pdrng
— Ryan Hanlon (@ryanhanlon12) April 7, 2020