Students Worldwide Gather in Prayer at School Flagpoles for ‘See You at the Pole’ Day

See You at the PoleChristian students across the nation and around the world gathered at their school flagpoles this morning for the annual ‘See You at the Pole’ day, a student-led prayer event that has been a much-observed tradition for over 20 years.

“See You at the Pole” began in the town of Burleson, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, and has since spread to all 50 states and 20 countries worldwide, including Canada, Australia, Japan and South Africa.

“A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990,” the event website explains. “On Saturday night their hearts were penetrated like never before, when they became broken before God and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience.”

The gathering later was dubbed “See You at the Pole” by area youth leaders, and the concept of students praying around the flagpole was shared that summer during a large youth event. By September, over 45,000 students gathered to prayer for their friends, teachers and country.

Today, all around the globe, in every time zone, students gathered at their flagpoles to pray for their communities, just as those who have gone before did over 20 years ago. The 2014 theme is “Never Stop Praying,” and the organization outlines that this year’s theme verse, Ephesians 6:18, “follows Paul’s famous passage on the armor of God, challenging and encouraging Christ followers to stand strong in the Lord and be His representatives to share the good news of the gospel. ”

“We do this to promote the power of prayer and to share God’s word with our students, staff, and community,” Commerce, Oklahoma physical education teacher Rochelle Crawford told reporters. “It gives the students a chance to show they are not embarrassed to take a stand for God.”

“Today’s society has really, in my opinion, gotten away from being morally sound,” also stated coach Jerome Sandoval of Deming High School in New Mexico. “If you believe in God, you can come and pray for your school, classmates, teachers, family and community. This is something I think is important and we need more of.”

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Over a million students worldwide were estimated to have participated in the gathering this year. More than 20o students, parents and teachers joined together this morning outside outside of Veterans High School in Kathleen, Georgia, and dozens at Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas did the same. A number of participants at gatherings nationwide posted photographs of the prayer meeting to Facebook, including at Terre Haute North High School in Indiana, St. James Middle School in Missouri, Waynesburg Central High School in Pennsylvania and Newark High School in Delaware.

In Southgate, Michigan, one parent reported that her son stood alone to pray at his school’s flagpole, but was soon joined by two teachers who bowed their heads with him.

Christian legal groups educated students on their rights prior to the global gathering. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) created a legal memo in the event of an emergency.

“Students don’t abandon their constitutional freedoms at the schoolhouse gate,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “They continue to have the freedom to peacefully express their beliefs while at school, and that certainly includes prayer. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of the students’ religious or political beliefs.”

Some youth pastors in cities nationwide held pre-See You at the Pole events Tuesday night, and some are participating in the Global Week of Student Prayer, which continues through Saturday.

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  • Jazka Marie Prickett

    This makes me want to pray at any awesome!!❤

  • robertzaccour

    This is the kind of news I like to see!

    • Jeff Varney

      True on that. We definitely need God/Jesus back in the U.S.A. and these kids are doing just that. God bless them and He will always be with them.

  • Jud Bennett

    Mathew 6: 5-8

    • James Grimes

      Thank you for misusing Scripture to make an invalid point. When you take it out of context, it is easy to twist to suit your needs. Please don’t do it again. You are not qualified to do so. Thanks.

      • Jud Bennett

        The only part that one might add to that set of verses, than have no impact on context, is verses 9 – 13 that give you words to pray if you don’t know how or can’t think of any yourself.

        Other than that… I like you. You’re an arrogant ass that reinforces that aspect of your self identity every time you post.

        • Jeff Varney

          Takes one to know one, Jud! God help you. Take your cussing somewhere else.

          • Jud Bennett

            @Jeff: God and I have a really good working relationship. I ask nothing of him and he asks nothing of me.

      • Dan Summers

        How is he misusing it? It says don’t pray in public like the hypocrites. Pretty straight forward. So please tell us your interpretation…

    • Robert Scott


      Noted your post about Matthew 6:5-8 and wanted to offer these comments to you. If we continue reading the sermon in the mount in chapter 6, we eventually come to verses 16 through 18…Jesus words regarding fasting. He says (paraphrasing) don’t fast to be seen by others. So we really have two sets of verses where Jesus tells us ultimately to check our motivation. Why are you praying in public? To be seen by others in hypocrisy, or to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31)? I would also suggest not forgetting 1 Timothy 2:8 within this discussion as it is pertinent to the topic of public prayer. Thanks and have a great weekend!

      • Jud Bennett

        Thanks for the additional reading and the polite rational manner in which you couched your counterpoint.

        1 Corinthians, I read the entirety, does not counter Mathew 6:5-8 on matters of prayer. Do everything for the glory of God does not necessarily mean to do what is meant to be done in private among others.

        In 1 Timmothy 2, I also read the hwole chapter, I believe you are mainly refering to 1 Timothy 2:8 that states “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or dispute.” This still does not imply that men everywhere should pray amongst each other counter to Mathew 6:5-8.

        Mathew 6:6 specifically says “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

        After a comparison of the complete chapters, I find that none of them countermand each other. All men can pray, raising holy hands to the glory of God, without anger or dispute, in their room, with the door closed. No contradictions, no tenets broken.

        Thank you and you have a great weekend too.

        • Robert Scott

          Greetings again!

          The verse I posted from 1 Corinthians wasn’t actually meant to counter Matthew 6:5-8, but to serve as a guide for the reasons Christians do the things they do. Again, the issue of motivation, the issue of the heart..what Jesus was really getting at in those verses.

          I also agree with you that there are no contradictions to be found in any of these verses. We can pray in private or ‘everywhere’…as long as our motivation and desires are aligned with bringing glory to God.

          Thanks again, and last word to you on this…as I can unfortunately get easily sucked in to the time vortex that is online conversation 🙂

  • adam easterling

    Hope is not lost GOD is not dead Jesus is allive and moving in this world

  • Dan Summers

    All the power to them. Nothing against student started/lead prayer.