Dozens of people showed up to pray outside Sandusky's school buildings on Friday, and the teacher who spurred the event hopes the enthusiasm can be harnessed for change.
"It gave me chills to see people coming out and supporting the children of the community," said Rosalyn Shepherd, an art teacher at Osborne Elementary. "I got a lot of positive feedback about people who want to help in the schools."
A handful of people gathered outside many of the city's schools at noon to pray for students, but at Osborne the crowd swelled to more than 30.
The worshippers outside Osborne included several parishioners from Ebenezer Baptist Church, current and retired school employees, neighborhood residents and a few Sandusky High students volunteering at Osborne.
They stood at the northeast corner of McDonough and Osborne streets so as not to be on school property.
They prayed for God to give the children strength and lift the burdens of the students and their family members, who are often under difficult circumstances.
"The prayer itself is not about me, and it's not about each one of us," Shepherd said before the prayer. "It's about talking to God about our kids. They're struggling."
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