An army of tiny voices strongly joined in unison Wednesday around the flagpole at Parkwood Preschool as more than 90 Christian children gathered to pray to God and honor the red, white and blue.
The effort served as the preschool’s participation in “See You at the Pole” – an annual gathering of Christian students nationwide around their respective flagpoles for morning filled with prayer, scripture-reading and singing.
The Parkwood Preschool children, ages 2-5, joined hands with each other as well as their teachers to form rings around the pole.
“Your children need to be taught from an early age who God is, and how important God’s values are in their lives and the lives of those around them,” said Judy Leonard, the preschool’s director.
Once Leonard led the children in prayer thanking God for their parents and other blessings, the children recited the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Pledge to the Christian Flag.
“Parents know that we are a Christian preschool, and that we teach the Word of God completely,” Leonard said. “They know that anytime anything comes up that honors Him and draws attention to prayer – we’re going to be a part of it.”
Parkwood Baptist Church Associate Pastor Alan Whitley said it is important to train children to have a “healthy reverence and fear of God and his Word.”
“I believe it is very critical that the children have that foundation on which to build upon – to be successes in life as God would really have them be,” Whitley said. “We’re very blessed, and we are so proud of our preschool and the children in it.