BOONVILLE — Longtown United Methodist Church Pastor Laura Beach and members Kathy Gray, Amber Harris and Molly Harris visited Starmount High School to have prayer and bless the upcoming school year recently.
The blessing was specifically for staff, students and administration, specifically to have a great year. In addition, Longtown members went to West Yadkin School.
Teacher Melanie Matthews said, “We appreciated their commitment to the Lord and prayer for our school. What a way to start the school year. Thank you to this church and this community for all you do for Starmount High School.”
Matthews said church members and staff held hands in a prayer session and stood in a circle. Prayers were read that were written out by members of the church.
Beach said, ‘We want to show teachers and administration that we are there to support them. We are grateful for all they do for the students and community.”
Matthews identified one of the big needs for youth is the need to have teachers they can turn to whether academically or emotionally. She said teachers also are being asked to step up for support in issues outside the school setting.
She said some of the challenges students face in the 21st century are drugs, bullying, competition to get in colleges. She said they are being asked to prepare themselves for the 21st-century demand of being able to do things via technology — to have skills necessary to compete in today’s world.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.