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Kiwanis Day of Prayer for Schools set Aug. 2

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Members of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon announce that plans are under way for the 11th annual observance of “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” throughout Wilson County on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The purpose of this community service project is to help foster an environment in which children can begin school safely.

All churches are invited to participate in this communitywide effort. The Kiwanis Club hopes that every church in Wilson County will devote a portion of its worship time on Aug. 2 to special prayers for the safety of children, teachers and all others involved in the operation of our schools as a new school year begins in just a few days. Club members believe that the concerted prayers of the people of the community will have a positive influence on the start of a new school year.

“We realize that each congregation has its own traditions and we do not presume to suggest how each church should participate in this project,” said Eddie Callis, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon. “At a minimum, we hope that each church will devote some portion of their worship time to prayers seeking God’s help in keeping our children safe at school. In the past, some have designed their entire service around the safety of children at school. It is our hope that every church will participate in some way in this important community effort to assure the safety of our children as a new school begins.”

There can be nothing more important than the safety of our children, Callis said. Kiwanians realize that the start of a new school year is a stressful time. It is felt that “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” can have a positive impact upon the community and help foster an environment of tolerance and understanding. He added that children deserve to be able to learn and 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 ways to serve the needs of children. The first two objectives 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 the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon chooses to promote these objectives.

Information about “A Day of Prayer for Our Schools” is available from any member of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club or by contacting Callis at 444-6031 (days) or 444-8708 (nights).

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