The last couple Fridays (April 10th, 17th, 24th), many Iowa schools have been turning on their football stadium lights in an act of solidarity. The lights go on at 8 p.m. on Fridays and stay on 1 minute for every day the students have missed at school. This program was dubbed the ‘Light Up Iowa’ program and was created by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association.
According to the Greene Recorder, North Butler has been participating as well.
IHSADA Social Media Director Todd Gordon says, “We want to give encouragement to our students and communities. We miss our students in the classrooms. We miss them in the hallways. This light is just a symbol that we will eventually be back together.”
This took on a larger meaning when Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the spring sports season would be cancelled around the state – with news coming about the summer sports season before the June 1st deadline.
On April 17th, over 85 schools participated in the Light Up Iowa program.