Students across the nation and around the world gathered at their school flagpoles on Wednesday 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.
“It’s always encouraging to see students make sacrifices to come to school early and come worship,” Spencer Logsdon, a senior at Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama, told the Vestavia Voice.
Students, parents and youth leaders from across the country posted photos of the gatherings to social media, expressing thankfulness for the opportunity to pray together for their school, community and nation. Students also sang hymns and spiritual songs, and listened to words of exhortation during the event.
“Praying to God at my school; fantastic turn out,” tweeted Brandon Linton of Bowie High School in Maryland.
“See You At the Pole 2017 at Festus High School was another great one! Love that each year it gets bigger and bigger!
So many kids showing up to shine their light! Super excited about this generation rising up to walk with God,” also wrote Erin Pruneau of Festus, Missouri.
“A little rain won’t keep God’s children down! SYATP 2017 at Ringling High. I want to ask the community to join in with these youth and pray for our country, our schools and our neighbors! Thank You, Lord, for these young leaders who boldly stand for Your name,” posted Missy Thompson of Ringling, Oklahoma.
An estimated 200 students gathered outside of Denison High School in Texas to pray on Wednesday; approximately 45 students joined together at the flagpole at Tamaqua Area Senior High School in Pennsylvania; an estimated 75 students prayed at Madison Central High School in Kentucky; and more than 100 students participated at Greenbrier Middle School in Tennessee—among many others.
Millions of students worldwide were expected to participate in the event.
This year’s theme for See You at the Pole was “Fix Our Eyes,” based on Hebrews 12:2, which reads, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
As previously reported, “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.