More than a hundred people gathered near the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield Sunday afternoon.
They came together to pray for children in our community before a new school year begins.
The event was the idea of Assemblymember Shannon Grove.
"So, it was just the idea to come together and worship god and honor and ask him for favor over our schools," said Grove.
State Senator Jean Fuller spoke at the event as well.
"To grab his love on our community, Kern County and our state," said Fuller.
Though the event was organized by a politician, not everyone in attendance thought our government officials were leading the community on the right path.
"Politicians do what they can but I think they are going down the dark side and the only way we are going to get our country back is people coming together and putting god first in their lives," said Bakersfield resident Gary Lasater.
Some felt to improve our schools was to incorporate more prayer.
"...I think religion in general has such good morals and ethics that I think everyone should live by them," said Marilla Jeffers, student at Bakersfield College.
"We have to be able to do something for our kids. Prayer is very important but so is doing something about it," said Dr. Dean Haddock, Panama Buena Vista Union School District.