It's the second year residents of Hawkins County have participated in the Expecting God's Help School Prayer Walk.
(WBIR-Rogersville) Students at most Hawkins County schools return to class on August 5. But before their first day, area congregations prayed for a better and safer year at the schools.
The "Expecting God's Help School Prayer Walk" brought members of area churches to the schools closest to them on Sunday afternoon.
It's the second year residents of Hawkins County have participated.
Many started at Cherokee High School, then branched out to other schools.
"For us it just means a lot to have community support and know that there are people who are thinking about us every single day and who are there if we need them," said Gloria Silvers, principal of Cherokee High School.
According to Silvers, 1150 students are registered for their first day at the high school.
Prayers ranged from school safety to keeping kids off drugs.
"Our students are poor so I think those challenges are very specific to our area. We have a lot of students who are on their own a lot. So we struggle with those things every day," Silvers said.
Rogersville City School Teacher Carol Woody went on to say, "I also believe that our students face many more challenges than I did as a student."
Eric Seals attended the prayer walk with Stand In the Gap Coalition, a group that focuses on stopping drug and alcohol abuse.
Seals said meth is a prevalent drug in Hawkins County.
"I think it's destroying a lot of homes, a lot of children's lives and I think it's real big in this county," he said.
Hawkins County Schools are back in session for a short day on Monday morning and will be dismissed by 11:30 a.m.
Rogersville City School's first day is on August 12.