As the new school year approaches, the community is working together 
to provide a positive event to send students and staff back to class. 
A Community Prayer, Praise and Worship Service is planned for Sunday, 
August 11 in the high school auditorium.
    The event has been planned by city and county government in lieu of 
a Third Thursday event in August. Monticello Mayor Tracie Sexton and 
County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson felt that this was an important 
event that needed to be held before the school year begins.
    "With all the issues students and staff at schools face—drugs, 
bullying, fear of violence—I think this will be good for them, to see 
that the community recognizes their struggles and supports them," 
said Monticello Mayor Tracie Sexton. " I hope students will attend 
and be encouraged by the support they are shown. If even a few of 
them remember something from the event that will encourage them 
throughout the school year, it will be well worth it."
    Sexton added that she feels it is important for teachers and school 
staff to know that they have the support of this community and its 
leaders.
    Local individuals and groups will perform praise and worship music 
from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
    Prior to the event, the Wayne County Ministerial Association will be 
leading a community prayer walk before the event at 2 p.m. Leaders 
will be set up at each school.

    Everyone is welcome to attend and come and out and show their support.

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