The students of Highland Elementary School (HES) gathered around the flagpole to pray on September 26, 2018. Students from grades 5-6 and 7-8 led the younger students in a special worship. Tian Carney, Bailey Darrell, Isabelle Simmons, Madison Schmidt, Sara Cirigliano, Georgia Beckworth, and Corinthia Lopez led song service. Emmaline Litchfield read Ephesians 3:14; and Logan Darrell read the school’s theme text, Mark 16:15. Elijah Labrenz, Hannah Rice, and Samantha Anderson led out in the pledge to the American flag, Christian flag, and the Bible. Matthew Pacer, principal, and Roger Schmidt, pastor, each shared a short testimony on how God has answered prayers in their lives.
The students divided into 14 groups, seventh- and eighth-graders each led a group. They taught the younger students the history behind “See You at the Pole Day,” and how to pray a five-finger prayer. Finally, they passed out a bookmark that reminded the students how the five-finger prayer worked so they could continue to pray at home. Roger Schmidt, John Watkins, and Mike McKenzie, all pastors, joined the students. Steve Rose, vice-president of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, gave a closing prayer. Chantel Litchfield, parent of two students at Highland Elementary, remarked on the school’s Facebook page, “Oh this makes my heart so happy! I love seeing the older students helping the younger. Sometimes they can explain and reach a child better than an adult would ever be able to. Thank you, Highland, for always putting Jesus first with our students! This is why we send our kids to this Christian school!”
Kentucky-Tennessee | December 2018