High schools across Minnesota are closed and the spring sports season remains held up because of the coronavirus pandemic — but there's a growing movement to keep the lights shining at school athletic fields in the coming weeks to display hope for students, athletes, and coaches.

As a beacon of hope for the community of Sleepy Eye and both Sleepy Eye Public School and Sleepy Eye St. Mary's will light up their lights at their football fields on Monday nights at 8:20 for 20 minutes. The two schools are also challenging the entire community to join in united fashion by turning on their front porch lights as well.

Minnesota schools are joining in to turn on stadium lights during select evening hours as a way to honor their students, staff and community members in this time of distance learning while school buildings are closed due to Covid-19 concerns. #BeTheLightMN

An important reminder: Please do not gather near or under the lights. Enjoy from afar, maintain proper social distancing and please please stay safe and keep others safe.

Here is a current of schools doing so, according to Twitter messages sent to the MSHSL's John Millea @MSHSLjohn

Ada-Borup

Aitkin

Albany

Alexandria

Apple Valley

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

Bagley

Barnesville

Battle Lake

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa

Benson

Bethlehem Academy

Big Lake

Blooming Prairie

BOLD

Brandon-Evansville

Breck

Breckenridge

Browerville

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart

Cambridge-Isanti

Cass Lake-Bena

Cedar Mountain

Centennial

Cloquet

Crookston

Crosby-Ironton

Dassel-Cokato

Dawson-Boyd

Deer River

Detroit Lakes

Eagan

Eastview

East Grand Forks

East Ridge

Eden Valley-Watkins

Edgerton

Fairmont

Faribault

Fillmore Central

Foley

Forest Lake

Fosston

Fulda

Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop

Goodrich-Grygla

Grand Meadow

Hastings

Hayfield

Henning

Henry Sibley

Hermantown

Hill-Murray

Holy Family Catholic

Holdingford

Hopkins

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted

Hutchinson

Irondale

Jackson County Central

Lake Park-Audubon

Lanesboro

Lewiston-Altura

Litchfield

Lyle-Pacelli

Kasson-Mantorville

Lakeville South

LeRoy-Ostrander

Lakeview

Little Falls

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle

Mahtomedi

Mankato East

Mankato Loyola

Mankato West

Maple Lake

Maple River

Medford

Minneota

Minneapolis Washburn

Minnewaska Area

Montevideo

Moorhead

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta

Mounds View

Mountain Iron-Buhl

Mountain Lake

New Prague

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva

New York Mills

Nicollet

Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal

North Branch

North St. Paul

Norwood Young America

Ortonville

Osseo

Owatonna

Park

Park Center

Park Rapids

Parkers Prairie

Pelican Rapids

Perham

Pierz

Pillager

Pine Island

Pipestone

Parkers Prairie

Proctor

Red Rock Central

Robbinsdale Armstrong

Robbinsdale Cooper

Roseau

Rosemount

Rothsay

Royalton

Rushford-Peterson

Rush City

St. Anthony Village

St. Charles

St. Clair

St. Croix Lutheran

St. Croix Prep

St. James

St. Peter

St. Thomas Academy

Sauk Centre

Sauk Rapids-Rice

Sebeka

Sleepy Eye

Sleepy Eye St. Mary's

South St. Paul

Southland

Springfield

Spring Grove

Staples-Motley

Stephen-Argyle

Stewartville

Swanville

Tartan

Thief River Falls

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton

Tri-City United

Triton

United South Central

Wabasso

Waconia

Wadena-Deer Creek

Warroad

Waseca

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown

Westbrook-Walnut Grove

White Bear Lake

Willmar

Windom

Winona