Reporter, Hart Co. News-Hearld
On Sunday, August 14, community members, students, parents, and teachers gathered at each Hart County and Caverna school, as well as the Hart County Board of Education, to offer back-to-school prayers.
“I’m thankful to see each and every one of you out here,” said Pastor Scott Coates, as he addressed the crowd in front of Hart County High School. “I’ll tell you what the most important house is. Even more than at the school house or at the church house, what they learn at home is 99% more than likely what they’re going to be.”
With those in attendance asking for specific prayers for safe travel for the buses, as well as for the school board members to make Godly decisions, Coates led the crowd of approximately 60 people in prayer.
“There is nothing more important that we can do for the students and staff of Hart County Schools than cover them in prayer as they begin a new school year,” said Melinda Burgess, who recently retired from Memorial Elementary School. “We pray that they make wise choices, for their safety, and that they have a peaceful school year free from worry and anxiety.”
Across the county, crowds gathered at each school, with area pastors leading prayers for a safe school year.
“I praise God for those who organize this event each year,” said Legrande teacher, Maegan Trent. “It brings me peace knowing that there are so many in our community who pray for our students, teachers, custodians, bus drivers, and their families. It’s always a blessing when we get to join with fellow believers as we set ourselves in agreement through prayer. It allows us to put into practice what Jesus says in Matthew 18:19-20 (which says), ‘Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.’”
Within a letter to community church partners, Caverna Superintendent Amanda Abell wrote, “We would like to ask all of our community church partners to pray over our schools, staff, and students as we begin this school year. Pray over our schools that God will place a hedge of protection around our buildings and facilities. May God keep our school safe and secure and free from any violence or harm. Pray over our transportation that God will see our children safely to school and home again each day. Pray for our staff, that God gives us the words and wisdom to meet the physical, academic, and mental health needs of our students daily.”
Hart County Schools have been in session since Wednesday, August 17. Due to HVAC renovation delaying the return of school, Caverna will begin classes on Tuesday, September 6.