Pathfinder students repair holiday light display for Belchertown

Hampden County

Belchertown will have its holiday lighting display this season thanks to a group of high school students in Palmer.

The lights are part of an 18-year holiday tradition on the Belchertown Common. But after nearly two decades of service, they’re in need of repair, and bringing them back to full holiday glory is an intricate process.

First, they were taken to Ludlow where LMC Contracting did the initial work sandblasting the lights.

On Monday morning, the lights arrived at Pathfinder Regional Vocational and Technical High School in Palmer where the students have less than a week to complete the repairs and upgrades.

“I know that it came in today,” student Dina Davies told 22News. “We’re sanding it down… so that we can spray it with primer.”

“I’m really proud of this,” 16-year-old student John Holmes said. “I lived in Belchertown for 15-years. Belchertown is like my hometown, I love it, I’ll do anything for it.”

Pathfinder educators were notified that their students will be guests of honor when the restored holiday lights are turned on for the first time this season on the night of November 24.

“These lights will hang for years to come in the Belchertown common,” Ryan Rege, Pathfinder’s Vocational Director, explained. “Our students are going to be very proud of that every time they drive through.”

Pathfinder’s auto body repair students are adding a new dimension to their education. They’re certain the work they’re completing will make the lights functional and ready in time for the upcoming holiday season.

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