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Northgate Student Council Lights Up the North Boroughs

Light Up Hope offers a Free Night Out

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What are you doing Friday night?

All around the world students are having a school year unlike any before. A lot of things are being missed from

daily life: recess, sports, lunch with friends, birthday parties, concerts, musicals; youc can add your own here. The Northgate Student Council is trying their best to bring a little bit of normalcy, and a little light, to the community during this time.

Light Up Hope is a free community light display organized by the Northgate Student Council, happening on Friday, February 19, from 6 – 8 pm. Stacy Gallagher, M.Ed., the advisor for the Northgate Student Council gave us a glimpse behind-the-scenes for this event and what to expect.

The Student Council got the idea from a similar event that was put on by a neighboring NoBo school – North Hills. Ms. Gallagher made a call and got some information, then after that, the students ran with it. While planning had to be done virtually, Ms. Gallagher says the students didn’t let that stop them from quickly making progress. “The kids are getting used to living a virtual life. It’s been remarkable what they can do. They divided into committees, each having a chair, and they took it and ran with it.”

Their mission statement for the project: “Light up hope to bring a little light into the community during these dark times.”

The Light Up Hope event will include a series of decorated displays, each planned and set up by a different organization, group of students, or business in the community. It’s not just all fun and games, though; each group will be competing for votes for the best display of the evening. Attendees driving through will be given a QR code that will allow them to vote for their favorite display.

Most importantly, this is an event that will help the community. Donations will be collected from attendees (monetary or non-perishable food) and used to supply the Backpack Buddies program at Northgate. Any donations beyond what can be used for that program will go towards fighting food instability in the local community through a partnership with Allegheny Health Network.

The students wanted to plan a fun, safe community event that checks many boxes: bring students and community together while fundraising for a great cause. If all goes well, the students would like to make this an annual event.

To ensure all goes as smoothly as possible attendees are urged to take advantage of suggested arrival times, listed below, to prevent the high school driveway area from getting too congested.

If you’re excited to have a fun activity to do on a Friday night – something we haven’t had in a while – and to be able to contribute to those in need right here in our community. See you there!

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Beth Mosley

Beth has lived in the North Boroughs since 2010. Over the past 10 years, she has met fantastic people in each of the North Boroughs, and has grown from a girl who loved Affogato pancakes and events at The Creative Treehouse to a married, working mother of two who loves to let her kids run wild at the Bellevue Farmers Market. In her spare time she can be found working on laboratory quality assurance, jogging on California Avenue, listening to podcasts, and pleading with her sons to stop hitting each other. She lives in Avalon with her husband, two boys, and two cats.

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