We realize that each congregation has its own traditions and we do not presume to suggest how individual churches should participate in this project, said Eddie Callis, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon and chairman of the organizations annual Day of Prayer for Our Schools.
At a minimum, we hope that each church will devote some portion of their worship time to prayers seeking Gods 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 create an atmosphere of co-operation and tolerance hoping to assure the safety of our children as a new school year begins, he said.
There can be nothing more important than the safety of our children. 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 as a new school year begins. Our children deserve to be able to learn and our teachers deserve to be able to teach without the fear of violence at school, he said.
A Day of Prayer for Our Schools was conceived by members of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon during the summer of 1999 after the murder of several students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Co. The tragedy caused Americans 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 us to continue to be concerned about the safety of our children at school, Callis noted.
The first observance of A Day of Prayer for Our Schools was sponsored by the Lebanon Kiwanis on Aug. 14, 1999, and has been held ever since.
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, he said.
Contact any member of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon for more information about A Day of Prayer for Our Schools.