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WASHBURN – The ball field at Washburn School sits empty as classes and sports are canceled due to the COVID-19 virus.

But the lights are being turned on every Friday as a symbol of optimism that life will soon return to normal, or close to it.

Principal Ginny McElhaney said she had received an article from a parent explaining the motivation for the action.

“Schools are turning on the lights at the school field as a symbol of hope and assurance that students, staff and community are on our minds. We will follow suit. As the commercial says, ‘We’ll leave the light on for you,’” McElhaney said. “On Friday nights, until we return, look toward Washburn School and you will see light shining brightly, waiting on your return.”

The practice originated at Dumas High School in Texas, according to an Associated Press article.