2015-06-10 / Front Page

C3 scheduled Thursday at Person High School gym

By tim chandler
Courier-Times editor

For the third consecutive year, the Person High School (PHS) gym will host the “Countdown to Commencement Celebration” (C3) Thursday beginning at 6 p.m.

Tim Bowes, chairman of the C3 committee for 2015, said earlier that the key issue and reason for holding the prayer service and baccalaureate was for Personians to “come out in support of the seniors of Person County and show them the people of God care deeply about them.” C3 began after it was announced that the traditional prayer at the PHS graduation would not be held.

That decision was made after Freedom From Religion threatened a lawsuit against the Person County Board of Education, citing Supreme Court rulings in 1985 and 1992, as well as State House Bill SB370.

C3, Bowes said, is for all graduating seniors in Person County, including charter schools, public schools, home schools or private schools. He also encouraged entire families to attend C3.

The event will feature prayer time and a pizza party for the graduates, along with cake, cookies and drinks, and gift and goodie bags.

“No one will go away hungry, or without a blessing,” Bowes said.

Bowes added that students would be leading the prayer time at C3 this year.

“It’s important for them to be upfront, caring for and leading their classmates,” Bowes said. “We adults should be joining them as they pray for each other, adding our prayers to theirs.

“In addition,” Bowes continued, “we are having one of last year’s student attendees as our speaker. Mikayla Long, a 2014 PHS graduate, will encourage 2015 graduates by sharing what she has learned in the last year since graduation.”

The Rev. Dr. David Chambers chaired the first two C3 events and said both were a huge success thanks to the efforts of so many people.

“When the event was conceived, there were thousands of question marks behind every idea, but in the end, each and every question mark ended with a resounding exclamation point,” Chambers said. “Not only were we as a community able to give back prayer to our seniors, we were able to give them so much more.”

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