High school stadium lights will go on across the state, including Kent and Auburn, on Friday night to honor the Class of 2020. COURTESY PHOTO

High school stadium lights will go on across the state, including Kent and Auburn, on Friday night to honor the Class of 2020. COURTESY PHOTO

Kent School District postpones plan to turn on French Field stadium lights | Update

Effort to honor Class of 2020

The Kent School District has decided to postpone its plan to turn on the stadium lights Friday, April 17 at French Field to honor the Class of 2020.

“At this time, we are going to postpone the #bethelight tribute for our seniors until a later date,” said Brian Smith, director of athletics for the Kent School District, in a Thursday email. “The decision has been made in order to follow the social distancing guidelines and adhere to the continued closure of our facilities.”

The district planned to turn on the lights for 20 minutes starting at 8:20 p.m. (2020 military time) and had encouraged students to drive by the stadium used by Kent-Meridian, Kentwood, Kentridge and Kentlake high schools.

“The Kent School District is proud of our seniors and look forward to the day in which we can celebrate and honor them in an appropriate and meaningful way,” Smith said.

Schools across the state are posting at #BeTheLightWa on Twitter about their participation in turning on stadium lights since schools were closed for the rest of the school year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Lights are still scheduled to go on at Auburn, Auburn Mountainview and Auburn Riverside high school fields, said Rob Swain, Auburn School District director of athletics, in a Thursday afternoon email.

“It is a nationwide push by athletic directors and coaches,” Smith said. “I believe it started in Minnesota. Last week a group of local ADs were meeting and we decided to launch the concept locally.”




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