Edwardsburg, Buchanan turning on football field lights in support of Class of 2020

EDWARDSBURG — At 8:20 p.m. Friday, Edwardsburg will join high schools in Michigan and around the country in turning on their football field lights to honor the Class of 2020.

Leaders at high schools throughout the country are trying to figure out ways to give their senior class one last send-off. The lighting of the field at 8:20 p.m. was an idea first noted in Washington state, marking “2020” in military time.

“I guess this has been happening the last couple of weeks around the country,” said Edwardsburg Athletic Director Kevin Dean. “Our booster club president saw it somewhere sent it to me. I emailed it to Jim [Knoll, Edwardsburg superintendent] and said I thought it was a great idea. That is kind of where it started.”

There are currently 20 states across the U.S. that have canceled high school sports for rest of the season. The remaining states have currently suspended the season.

“We are very limited to what we can do to honor our graduating seniors and this is one way without people gathering together,” said Buchanan Athletic Director Lonnie Hoover.

Athletic directors at Brandywine, Cassopolis, Dowagiac and Niles said they will not be participating, at least for now.