God of knowledge and wisdom, bless all students young and old, as they begin a new school year. Help them discover and develop the gifts you have given. As they grow in knowledge, help them also grow in kindness and compassion, learning respect for themselves and others. We ask your blessing on teachers, administrators and all those who care for students. Strengthen them to surround our students with encouragement, support, and love. Remind us that wherever we go, you are always with us. Fill us with the joy of learning so that we may be better equipped to be your servants. Amen.