Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; April 29, 2015:
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 29, 2015 — Tennessee will recognize the first weekend in August as “Tennessee’s Weekend of Prayer Over Students” under a new law sponsored by Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) and Representative John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton) and supported by First Priority Blue Ridge of Johnson City. Senate Bill 202 was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam last week as the General Assembly adjourned the 2015 legislative session.
“Many students face extreme challenges in school today both academically and due to peer pressure or low self-esteem,” said Senator Crowe. “This legislation sets a weekend which will serve as a reminder that we need to pray for our students and also give thanks for them and the school personnel who will guide them over the academic year.”
The legislation says, “The students of Tennessee are indeed our state’s single greatest resource and in the coming years will assume leadership positions in this state and responsibility for the advancement of our society. Tennesseans are encouraged to pray for protection, guidance, and peace, and for opportunities and blessings on the students of Tennessee. It is appropriate that prayer be offered for our schools, teachers and administrators for wisdom and knowledge as they impart to the students of our state the great lessons of life, morality, and the education that each student deserves.”
“Our entire organization is proud of our state for recognizing the importance of praying for our students,” said First Priority of the Blue Ridge Executive Director Haley Wherry. “Our commitment to our schools and the families within the schools is that we will continue to pray for them, serve them and assist them throughout the year. We appreciate Senator Crowe and Representative Holsclaw for sponsoring this bill and applaud his efforts.”
“Prayer makes a difference,” added Rep. Holsclaw. “I hope all of our churches and people of faith across the state will set aside this “Weekend of Prayer” to really focus on praying for these students as they start the 2015-2016 school year.”
The first weekend in August will be Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2.