WOOD-RIDGE/HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Friday night was the first evening of the #BetheLight initiative focusing on the Class of 2020 at high schools throughout Bergen County.

With temperatures in the low 60's about 30 members of the Wood-Ridge Class of 2020 gathered on Donna Ricker Field. They sat in a circle around the logo at midfield. While waiting for the lights to come on, teacher Miss Garvin joined the group by Facetime, and the students sang "Happy Birthday" to teacher Miss Katz.

Superintendent Nicholas Cipirano even joined the students on the field.

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"This is going to make you stronger people," Cipriano told the students. "All the trials of society that you faced. You'll overcome this, too.

"You're relentless," he said. "That is what's going to make you successful in the future. You're a special group."

At Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights, a double-sized banner now hangs along the fence facing Franklin Avenue. It reads "Heights Strong #BeTheLight." The field has been locked to the public by the Board of Education since Bergen County closed its schools on March 13.

At 8:20:20, lights at both field came on for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to honor the Class of 2020. The #BetheLight lights will happen every Friday night.



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