Each year our church holds a Blessing of the Backpacks for our students and teachers. Since our church is smack dab in the middle of a three-college town, we have almost as many educators as we do students in attendance. To honor the wonderful new beginnings of the school year we try and create a meaningful gift to give to each student and teacher beginning a new year of learning and growing.
A few years ago my friend and artist Jeanetta Darley worked with me to design these easy-to-print bookmarks for us to give away.
Whether you are packing these with your child’s lunch, passing them out at church, or handing them to your teacher friends for the first day of school, these bookmarks are a creative way to encourage students and teachers to begin the new school year, and each school day, with grateful open hearts, and eager minds, serving as a reminder that they are never alone.
To make your own bookmarks, simply print the PDFs below on solid white cardstock and cut into individual bookmarks with scissors or a paper cutter. If you would like to embellish your bookmarks you can punch a hole in the top and tie colorful ribbons or yarn to the top of the bookmark. The first year we gave these away we used twine, added beads and small wooden crosses to the ends.
Download the PDF with a Prayer for Teachers here: Teacher-Prayer-Bookmark
Download the PDF with a Prayer for Students here: student-prayer-bookmark
[Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post had a teacher prayer bookmark with a typo; it has been replaced with a corrected bookmark.]
As you prepare to return to a school routine, what prayers are you offering?