Hazleton Area School District will join schools across the state and nationally to honor high school seniors and those on the front lines by turning on stadium lights and having scoreboards read "2020".
This Friday, 4-7-2020, from 7pm to 9pm, Hazleton Area School District will join a growing list of schools in solidarity in honor of seniors graduating this year as well as first responders, hospital workers, and those working on the front lines.
Similar messages of hope will be on individual school marquees and school buildings where possible, according to a decision in tonight's HASD School Board meeting.
A social media post from the district after the meeting expanded on the subject:
"This Friday, 4.17.2020, Harman-Geist Stadium lights will be on from 7 pm to 9 pm in support of our Class of 2020 and the score will also read 2020. We love and miss you so much! We've got you covered!
The stadium lights will also be on to support our first responders fighting on the front lines. Thank you for your continued sacrifices!"
Schools across the nation have been using their stadium lights and scoreboards in similar ways to honor their seniors, with some schools choosing to turn them on every Friday night.
Over 40 schools in PIAA District 11 will be participating this Friday including Allen, Allentown Central Catholic (at J. Birney Crum Stadium), Bangor, Blue Mountain, Catasauqua, Dieruff, East Stroudsburg North, East Stroudsburg South, Easton, Emmaus, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Mahanoy, Marian Catholic, Minersville, Nazareth, North Schuylkill, Northampton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Notre Dame, Palisades, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Parkland, Pine Grove, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West, Pottsville, Saucon Valley, Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley, Southern Lehigh, Stroudsburg, Tamaqua, Tri-Valley, Whitehall, Williams Valley and Wilson.
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