La Salle Hosts First ‘Be The Light’ Event

Members of the La Salle community officially reunited again after campus closed for the rest of the school year more than seven weeks ago.

On Friday, May 1, students and families of the La Salle community participated in a drive-through parade around the school parking lot. Teachers and staff members lined the route with their cars to guide the path and waved to students as they passed by.

The route started at the entrance of the north parking lot and turned into the student drop-off and pickup area. Students drove around the main parking lot and past the construction site of the future Saalfeld Athletic Center and exited through the south parking lot driveway.

The scoreboard and stadium lights were turned on at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 in 24-hour time) to honor the graduating class of 2020.

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  • Director of Community Ms. Liz Banta was the first person students saw as they entered the parade.

  • Cars drove along a course lined with teachers and staff through both parking lots of the school.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion support and coach Mr. Andrew Yoshihara sat on top of his car waving to families as they drove into the parade.

  • Social studies teacher Mr. Alex Lanaghan decorated his cars with streamers for the event.

  • Cars drove along a course lined with teachers and staff through both parking lots of the school.

  • Teacher and choir director Mr. Otto Wild waves to cars passing by.

  • Math teacher Mr. Kieron Redford waves to students passing by.

  • Math teacher Ms. Caitlin Hoemmen brought her dog to the parade.

  • Mr. Mikel Rathmann and the Schuster family greeted and waved to cars passing by.

  • Admissions coordinator Ms. Sherri Keepes hung a sign on her car and cheered on students with a pom-pom.

  • A decorated van welcomed families and students near the front entrance.

  • English teacher Mr. Gregory Larson talks to students from the front walkway of the school.

  • Math teacher Mr. Chris Cozzoli stood by his decorated car and waved to passing families and students.

  • Religious studies teacher Mr. Tom McLaughlin enthusiastically greeted students as they drove by.

  • Principal Mr. Andrew Kuffner stood in the bed of his truck dancing as science and computer programming teacher Mr. Kyle Voge waved to students passing by.

  • Teachers lined both sides of the route to keep cars steered in the right direction.

  • Counselor and former varsity boys soccer head coach Mr. Seth Altshuler stood near the front of the school and waved at students driving by.

  • Religious Studies Teacher Mr. Edward Kendrick waved to passing cars.

  • Drama teacher Mr. Michael Shelton brought his family to the event. Two of his kids were playing with bubbles on top of the car.

  • Athletic director Mr. Chris George stood at the end of the parade waving and telling drivers to turn right at the exit.

  • Vice Principal of Academics Mr. Mario De Ieso stood at the end of the parade waving students out.

  • A sign reading "La Salle Falcons 2020 #bethelightOR" was placed on the last car marking the end of the parade path.

  • The line of cars waiting to drive through the parking lot stretched past SE Monterey Ave.

  • The scoreboard was set to display "2020" in several ways. It was turned on at 8:20 p.m., which translates to 20:20 in 24-hour time.

  • Junior Toby Schram sits on top of his car with his family after attending the parade.

  • Seniors Carson Redmond and Luke Strange pose on top of their cars while waiting in line.

  • Brothers Luke and Quentin Strange wait to drive through the parking lot.

  • The empty stadium was lit up in honor of the class of 2020.

  • The empty stadium was lit up in honor of the class of 2020.

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