Last week the members of the Kiwanis Clubs of Lebanon and Mt. Juliet announced that plans are underway for the 16th annual observance of “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” throughout Wilson County on Sunday, Aug. 3.
The purpose of this annual community service project is to help foster an environment throughout Wilson County in which children can begin a new school year safely.
Violence has touched many lives in American schools in recent years. Columbine High School in 1999 and Sandy Hook Elementary School are two compelling examples of violence in our schools and, sadly, violence continues to occur in American schools this year.
The members of the two Kiwanis clubs are inviting all churches in Wilson County to participate in this community-wide effort to curb violence.
As a new school year is beginning, the clubs are inviting that every church in the county to devote a portion of its worship time on Sunday, Aug. 3 to special prayers for the safety of children, teachers and all others involved in the operation of schools.
Kiwanis club officials said they believe that the concerted prayers of the people of the community will have a positive influence on the start of a new school year.
Individual churches are welcome to participate in the project how it wishes, in past years some congregations have designed its entire service around the subject, many have recognized students, teachers and staff who are present and all dedicate special prayers asking that God help keep our children safe at school.
Kiwanians realize the start of a new school year can be stressful and recognize that there can be nothing more important than the safety of children.
It is hoped that “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” can have a positive impact on the community and help foster an environment of tolerance and understanding as a new school year begins.
Officials believe our children deserve to be able to learn and our teachers deserve to be able to teach without the fear of violence at school.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers seeking to change the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis Clubs around the world continually seek wats to serve the needs of children and the first two Objects of Kiwanis International are “To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of life” and “To promote the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.”
This project is one way Kiwanis Club chooses to promote goals of its organization.
Information about “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” is available form any member of the Lebanon or Mt. Juliet Kiwanis Club or by contacting Eddie Callis at 615-969-0394.