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Leaders lift school district, teachers in prayer prior to start of the school year

Leaders from across Colleton County came together Saturday morning to walk with a purpose and then to pray for local school teachers, students and school leaders.
The annual prayer walk began in Walterboro three years ago. It is sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union, a subsidiary group of the Colleton Baptist Association.
The walk is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate.
In its inaugural year, in 2017, about 115 people from the county participated in the 1.25-mile walk. The walk begins at the Colleton Baptist Association Office and then goes to the district and administrative headquarters for the Colleton County School District.
In its second year, in 2018, about 55 people participated.
This year, approximately 48 people chose to do the walk. Those who did the walk also then prayed for local schools and school leaders, according to Zane Brown, an organizer of the walk and a participant.
“We do it to pray for the schools, the school’s support staff and the teachers, the parents and the students,” he said. “We encircle the school district building in groups, and we pray for these people in the start of the new school year.”
Those who couldn’t physically participate in the actual walk could have chosen to meet the group at the school district office, where the prayer actually occurs. According to Brown, this event is not designed for one denomination or one group of churches. It is a community event that is open to all churches from all anywhere in Colleton County.
The group was supported with escorts, provided by the Walterboro Police Department.
The Colleton County School District consists of one high school, one middle school, one alternative school, a technical school and six elementary schools, including the Black Street Early Childhood Learning Center.

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