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Opening the Schoolyear with Prayer on Playground

by J. Rossetti-Ford

On Friday August, 28 the Hartford Faith Community and the Hartford Public Schools joined together to pray for the children of the city and for a successful 1998-99 school year. The prayer sessions were held at city schools throughout Hartford.

"The purpose this gathering is to kick off the new partnership between the faith community, Hartford Public Schools, and the parents of this city. We call on all employees to excuse parents and guardians for these half hour gatherings. We encourage everyone here to lift your voice and heart in Prayer on the Playground," said Reverend Susie Hinton, former Principal of SAND Everywhere and organizer of the event.

"This new partnership between the faith community, the Hartford Public Schools, and the parents in this city will strengthen the support our children need to survive today's challenges. I welcome this effort by faith community and support their commitment to see our city's children learn and grow," said Mayor Michael Peters, who attended the event.

"I know a lot of the children who attend Betances Elementary School. They are my parishioners at St. Peter's Church which is just around the corner on Main Street. Most of the children walk with their families to church. We are gathered here today to celebrate a payer service in hope that all goes well for the coming school year. With all the sadness going on in society today, we all need to reach out to each other and to God. Every school age child needs to acknowledge prayer and the importance of good attendance at school each day," said Father Michael Gallasso, Pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

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