Pictured above getting ready to deliver bags are (from left) Deford Davis, Rose Davis, Ginny McIlhenny, Kelly Long and Michele Krick.
Several women from the Hershey Free Church who are moms praying for Lower Dauphin School District recently gave “goody bags” to high school teachers. Included was a letter telling the teachers that the moms are supporting them in prayer.
The letter says:
“As a group of LD moms, we get together to lift up our school district in prayer for an hour each week. We pray for you, the students and families in our school district, and for your challenges and blessings. We feel honored to be able to do this!
“If you ever have any prayer requests that you would like us to pray about, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to pray for health issues, classroom dynamics, individual concerns, etc. You do not need to share specifics, but if you wish to, we will keep in confidence anything that you do share. Thank you for your service to Lower Dauphin!”
The letter was included in the bags along with home-made scones and chocolate chip cookie bars, a bottle of water and a Frappuccino or Snapple drink.
Participating in the project were DeFord Davis, Annette Hauck, Brenda Hollenbach, Rose Davis, Michele Krick, Lisa Robbins, Dawn Winton, Ginny McIlhenny and Kelly Long.
Here are some comments from letters sent to the moms by the LD teachers.
“Thank you very much for the ‘goody bags’ your group prepared for us at Lower Dauphin. I’ve been at LD since 1984 and I don’t recall any group of parents doing such a nice thing for our staff! It’s so nice to feel appreciated. Please pass my thanks on to the rest of the group. And thank you for your prayers for us and our students! We are blessed to have a great community at LD and your gift showed how lucky we all are; it continues to be a privilege to teach here. I’ll keep your group in mind for prayer requests and I’ll be keeping all of you in my prayers as well!”
“Thank you so much for the wonderful gift bag. It is hard to put into words how meaningful it is to be appreciated by parents. In this day and age, when educators seem to be unappreciated on the whole, it is a blessing to know that the community we teach in is appreciative of our efforts on behalf of our students. We strive to do our best here at Lower Dauphin. Thank you for your support!”
“Thank you so very much for the treats that were given out today. You have no idea what it means to know that we are being prayed for.”
“Thank you for the thoughtful bags. They are much appreciated. Additionally, thank you for praying for us as a staff, school and the kids who go here. When I first started teaching at LD there was a very strong faith in many of our students. Unfortunately, I don’t see that nearly as much anymore. Secular humanism and atheism have become much more prevalent amongst the student body. Please continue to pray that the students will see the light.”
“This is so great to know that these moms are praying for us. It’s so powerful.”
“I don’t think in all the years that I’ve been here, and I’m working on my 14th year, that anyone has ever done such a thing for the staff. I’m sure you have already been thanked by administration but I just wanted to send along my own personal thanks as a teacher who was deeply touched by your kindness. It is also extreme comforting to know that you keep us in your prayers too.”
“Thank you so much for your kindness toward our high school staff. What a lovely surprise to start my day! I also appreciate your prayer support throughout the year. The power of prayer is an awesome gift, and teachers are facing more and more challenges every day, so your support is very valuable and appreciated. The task is daunting, exciting, scary and humbling, all at the same time! It is a blessing to know that I have the support of caring parents like you to encourage me to be the best that I can be in the classroom.”
“I just can’t tell you how nice the treat bags were! There were so many smiles and I’m hoping some will take advantage of the prayer offer. I know that I need it right now. It’s so crazy and there are just not enough hours to do all that is needed. I’m feeling inadequate and yet I know that God will supply the strength that is required. I appreciate your prayers and kindness. It’s so comforting to know that you are all praying for our school, family and community. You ladies are very special to me and I can’t thank you enough for your friendship.”
If you would like to join this group in praying for LD teachers, contact one of the moms listed. Click here to find a Moms in Prayer group that’s praying for your child’s school.