For those who might have been passing by on Route 211, that was a prayer group that had gathered on the green in front of St. Peter Catholic Church Tuesday morning to “Pray for Our Schools.” The group that included ministers, parents, and concerned citizens, was organized by the Rappahannock Clergy Association as a way of expressing community appreciation and support for all those in our schools.
“Both individual and unison prayers called down blessings upon teachers and all those who have responsibility for the care nurture, safety and security of students. People called out names of individual teachers, coaches, leaders, cafeteria workers, custodians, administrators, and especially our new schools superintendent,” says Rev. Russ Savage of the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge in Sperryville.
“Prayers were lifted up for students from kindergarten through senior high, with many names being called out. Special prayers were offered for those in kindergarten, who are just beginning their educational journey, and for high school seniors, who will soon face going out into the world on their own.”
Special note was made that the prayers were not just for our public schools, but for all the schools in the county, including Wakefield Country Day, Hearthstone, Child Care and Learning Center, and all those who engage in homeschooling.
The Pray for Our Schools gathering on Tuesday included left to right Rev. Russ Savage, Rev. Gary Aichele, Dabney Kirchman, Wendy Aichele, Mimi Forbes.