SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- Thurston High School in Springfield joined other high schools across the country by turning on their football field lights to honor the Class of 2020.
This was part of a nationwide campaign called "#BeTheLight." Participating high schools turned their lights on at 8:20 p.m., or 20:20 military time, and left them on for 20 minutes to honor the graduating class. This was an opportunity for high school seniors to be recognized for their work after the coronavirus forced schools to close the rest of the year, canceling commencement. Julie Jones lives near the high school and she said the lights represent just that.
"I have a niece up in Washington and she's devastated not being able to walk with her class and graduation," Jones said. "That was something they worked so hard for."