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"Be A Light" Challenge Takes Off at MES

The entrance and hallways at Marion Elementary School are a bit brighter this month thanks to an idea inspired by country music star Thomas Rhett and a Rochester radio station. 

Tamara Latta, a speech-language pathologist at MES, listens to WBEE (102.5-FM) each morning on her way to work. The station was conducting a "Bee A Light" challenge which encouraged listeners to do a small act of kindness once a day for 40 days. The challenge was based on Rhett's hit song "Be A Light." 

Latta heard the song played each day and decided to start MES' own version of the "Be A Light" challenge.

Latta wrote a letter to the students and staff of MES. She included a strip of colored paper in each letter and encouraged everyone involved to write one of their kind acts on the paper so it could be turned into a "light."

"The acts of kindness are meant to be simple things that students can do easily and are pandemic safe, while instilling kindness in students during a challenging time in this world," Latta said.

As of Dec. 15, more than 150 lights were hanging in the entrance and hallways of MES. MES Principal Dr. Ellen Lloyd also shares a few random acts of kindness on the daily announcements each day.

As the song says, "don't hide in the dark, you were born to shine."