GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
If you drove by Stocker Stadium and Suplizio Field Wednesday night, you may have seen a familiar glow. Last night D-51 and the city of Grand Junction turned on the stadium lights as a message of hope. Paul Cain, D-51’s athletic director say’s the lights serve as a beacon of solidarity, and signifies the district’s commitment to students and the community. He elaborated, the lights also serve as a challenge to students and the community, “We’ll turn on these lights for 30 minutes and just remind people to be a light for someone else.”
A message D-51’s Superintendent Dr. Diana Sirko echoed, “It’s really just that idea to reach out to people… Call one of your neighbors, one of your friends, a family member. Let’s all check on each other. Let’s all take care of each other during this challenging time.”
The City’s Park Supervisor, Marc Mancuso says when Paul sent him the e-mail about the idea, he jumped at the chance to help. “I thought, wow! What a great idea. This is such a heart breaking time for those students, and athletes, and everyone right now… this was something easy to say yes. Let’s turn those lights on for the kids.”
The district is encouraging folks to drive by the stadiums and share pictures of the lights, and ways you are being the light with the hashtag #BeTheLightCO. A social media campaign that is gaining momentum across the country. As always, in these times, don’t congregate though. Instead, enjoy the lights… Lights of hope.