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Community prays for schools
Many DeKalb Countians gathered at Northside Elementary School Sunday for the annual call to prayer for the upcoming school year. "Back 2 School Call 2 Prayer" was held in the gymnasium at the school, and continues to pull in larger crowds every year. Among those participating in the program were Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, Smithville Church of God Pastor Chris Moore, who offered a prayer for DeKalb County High School, Jordan Atnip, Youth Pastor at the Smithville First Baptist Church, who prayed for DeKalb Middle School, Smithville Free Will Baptist Church Pastor Bernard Houk, who prayed for Smithville Elementary School, Smithville Nazarene Church Pastor Trent Colwell, who prayed for Northside Elementary School, Long Branch Community Church Pastor Mark Miller, who prayed for DeKalb West School, Jim Eddins, Pastor of The Gathering, who prayed for School Transportation Staff, Ryley Young, Youth Pastor of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, who prayed for Athletic Activities/Band, New Life United Pentecostal Church Pastor and Smithville Police Department Chaplain Dwayne Cornelius, who prayed for the local law enforcement agencies, and Community Evangelist Graden Kirksey, who prayed for the school board.