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State College to 'Light Up the Night' for Class of 2020, First Responders

by on May 19, 2020 12:05 AM

The State College community will shine a light on the achievements of the high school class of 2020 as well as the work of first responders and medical providers.

"Light Up the Night" will take place at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) on Wednesday, May 20 and will last for 20 minutes to recognize the  2020 graduating class and "and support the nurses, doctors, medical providers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic," according to a State College Area School District news release.

SCASD will light up some of its athletic fields at that time. Where available, scoreboards will display 20-20 as the score, as well as 4th down and 19 yards to go "signifying the hard work of medical providers and first responders to stem the 'drive' of COVID-19," the release said.

Penn State also will light the Bryce Jordan Center in maroon and white in honor of State High's graduating class.

The State College Spikes will light up Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and messages recognizing graduates, medical providers and first responders will be displayed on the scoreboard.

Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy also is participating in the event, along with State College Little League, State College Teener League, Tussey Mountain Ski & Recreation and Penn State Athletics; the Ferguson Township, Patton Township, Penn State and State College police departments; the Alpha, Boalsburg and Port Matilda fire companies; Centre LifeLink EMS; and Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Forever Media will broadcast a Light Up the Night program from 8-9 p.m. Wednesday on MAJIC 93.7 FM. The show will feature special guests, including State High's senior class president, team captains and local medical professionals and first responders. The State High Marching Band will perform, and community members, including Spikes general manager Scott Walker, will offer messages of support to the Class of 2020.

“In these unprecedented times, we have so much to be thankful for and it is important to recognize and celebrate those groups and people that make our community remarkable,” SCASD Athletic Director Chris Weakland said. “The Class of 2020 is worthy of special recognition for all that they accomplished and endured. We also want to take this time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our first responders and medical personnel. As a State College community, this celebration is a small way to pay tribute to these groups. I am honored and thrilled by the support and involvement of so many groups within our community to make this event meaningful.”

Students and residents will not be permitted on SCASD school and facility grounds during the event and the district asks supporters driving nearby not to exit their vehicles.

"Instead, supporters are being encouraged to illuminate homes and properties in solidarity, take selfie pictures or videos, and post them to social media sites, tagging State High, its sports teams and participating organizations and using the hashtag #SCLightUpTheNight," the release said.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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