Hawkins Co. community members hold back-to-school prayer walk

Hawkins Co. community members hold back-to-school prayer walk

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"You don't really expect for something tragic to happen but it could happen anytime," said April Pellegrino, a computer teacher at Carters Valley Elementary.. "You don't really expect for something tragic to happen but it could happen anytime," said April Pellegrino, a computer teacher at Carters Valley Elementary..
"It will be her first year and she'll be facing new challenges. There are bunches of things that can come into your life, steer you down the wrong path and we want to be there to pray for her," Eric Seals said. "It will be her first year and she'll be facing new challenges. There are bunches of things that can come into your life, steer you down the wrong path and we want to be there to pray for her," Eric Seals said.
Teachers, families, and friends met at the almost two dozen schools to take part in this year's prayer walk on Sunday afternoon. Teachers, families, and friends met at the almost two dozen schools to take part in this year's prayer walk on Sunday afternoon.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

ROGERSVILLE (WATE) - Community members came together to ask God's help for students and teachers in an annual prayer walk that took place Sunday afternoon in Hawkins County.

In some locations, organizers say more than 100 people showed up to pray. They say the reason people came together was to simply take their concerns to God.

The group "Expecting God's Help" organized this event and says it was a way to cover the schools in safety.

Sunday afternoon, teachers, families, and friends met at the almost two dozen schools to take part in this year's prayer walk.

"Because people that aren't doing good need prayer and need Jesus in their life," said fifth grader Cameron Seals.

Cameron's father Eric Seals took a lap with his family around Rogersville Middle School before his daughter begins classes.

"It will be her first year and she'll be facing new challenges. There are bunches of things that can come into your life, steer you down the wrong path and we want to be there to pray for her," Seals said.

Some teachers were praying for protection this coming school year after the tragic shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

"You don't really expect for something tragic to happen, but it could happen anytime," said April Pellegrino, a computer teacher at Carters Valley Elementary.

Organizers say they're hoping people continue meeting and praying at each school throughout the year. A similar prayer walk will be held September 15 at the Hawkins County Justice Center.

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