Whether you’re driving by or sitting in a carpool line this school year, you could be in a neatly designated “School Prayers Zone.” These signs are popping up around Richland County, South Columbia, thanks to a local nonprofit organization—Christ Teens.
“We want this next generation coming out of our public schools every 365 days to be productive citizens with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, skills, and ability,” Vanessa Frazier, founder, and director of Christ Teens said. “You know, everything you would want from a graduation class.”
Frazier said she first came up with the idea in 2016 and spent the last three years ironing out the details with the South Carolina Department of Transportation – SCDOT.
“These signs will hopefully encourage people to pray morning, day, and night for our teachers, students, and parents,” she said.
SCDOT said the signs are placed on private church properties and are outside of the highway rights of way. Therefore, the agency said, the signs are a legal addition to the side of the road, WBTV reported.
A sign was installed on the church’s property about a week ago and has received a lot of positive feedback.
“We’ve had people talking about it and even a younger gentleman who is an alum of the high school noticed and thought it was cool,” Jane Jorgenson, whose husband is the pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Blythewood said.
Frazier said three signs have been installed in Richland County so far this year.
“This is a perfect example of church and state,” Frazier said. “We’re staying out of the area of the state but we’re bringing it onto the land of the church.”
When younger generations are taking prayer and religion lightly, these signs could play a role in reminding people to say an extra prayer and create a nurturing environment for the children.