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Kiwanis sets Day of Prayer for Our Schools

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Kiwanis Club of Lebanon announces it will sponsor the 13th annual observance of A Day of Prayer for Our Schools on Sunday, Sept. 11.

A new school year is under way in Wilson County as students and teachers returned to the classroom earlier this month. Administrators and support staff are working to assure the best possible school year for children.

The start of each new school year unavoidably brings stresses and pressures for all involved. A review of the history of the past several years reveals numerous instances of violence in American schools.

Kiwanis members around the globe devote countless hours in support of the needs of children in local communities. The members of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon believe that our children are our most valuable asset. We believe that we should do everything we can to assure that our children and teachers have a safe environment in which to teach and learn.

To that end, Kiwanis members are promoting A Day of Prayer for Our Schools on Sunday, Sept. 11. All churches in Wilson County are requested to participate in this effort by devoting a portion of their worship time that day to recognizing our students, teachers, parents and all who are involved in the operation of our schools and offering special prayers for the safety of all our children at school.

A Day of Prayer for Our Schools was conceived by Lebanon Kiwanis members in the summer of 1999 after the murder of several students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. The tragedy caused many people across the nation to become concerned for the safety of their children at school. Sadly, this was not the last example of violence in an American school. Events in recent years cause many to continue to be concerned about the safety of children at school.

The first two objects of Kiwanis 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.

We have no greater blessing from God than the gift of our children. Kiwanis members believe that the safety of our children at school should be a very high priority. We think that seeking Gods help in assuring a peaceful and safe school year is a good thing to do and we are asking the entire community to join us in this effort, a news release from the local Kiwanis Club said.

Kiwanians believe that the solutions to many of the problems existing in our society are spiritual in nature, rather than political. New laws and more metal detectors in our schools will not change the way people treat each other, the news release said. That is why we believe that A Day of Prayer for Our Schools is so important. We can think of no better thing to do while seeking a safe school environment that to ask Gods help.

Letters have been sent to all churches in Wilson County whose addresses were available.

For more information about the project, contact any member of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon or Eddie Callis at 444-6031.

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