Students Nationwide Join in Prayer at School Flagpoles for Annual ‘See You at the Pole’ Day

Commerce Middle School | Photo Credit: Clint Fair/Twitter

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.

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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.

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  • Cady555

    The Equal Access Act was drafted by christians to protect the religious rights of students. It was signed into law by Ronald Reagan on August 11, 1984. It protects the rights of students to pray, study the bible and participate in other religious activity.

    The bible requires that christians obey secular authority.

    These are the requirements of the Equal Access Act:

    Fair opportunity criteria
    Schools shall be deemed to offer a fair opportunity to students who wish to conduct a meeting within its limited open forum if such school uniformly provides that—
    (1) the meeting is voluntary and student-initiated;
    (2) there is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government, or its agents or employees;
    (3) employees or agents of the school or government are present at religious meetings only in a nonparticipatory capacity;
    (4) the meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school; and
    (5) nonschool persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups.

    Watch the video. Did the school comply with the law, specifically each of the five requirements?

    Look closely at the photo from the middle school. Did the school adhere to the law?

    The only possible answers are “Yes, they fully obeyed the law.” Or “No, they did not obey the law.”

    The law matters.

    • OldSilk

      The Pharisees and Sadducees have now weighed in to force a test.

      • Cady555

        We are talking about a US Federal Law signed by Ronald Reagan written to protect student’s religious rights.

        Did school employees obey this law?

        • OldSilk

          You wanna send the checkers around with a pad and pen to issue summonses on the spot, offering to assist with compliance?

          • Cady555

            We are talking about a US Federal Law written to protect student’s religious rights and signed by Ronald Reagan.

            Did school employees obey this law?

            Yes or No?

          • OldSilk

            There is always someone looking to shut down God regardless of their methods of doing so, especially when they were not notified in sufficient time to organize a violent protest, all while they ride Ronald Reagan’s coattails.

            You, as an obvious malcontent should do your own research.

          • Cady555

            Who wants to shut this down? Pray at the Pole is perfectly legal and makes christian kids feel good. It’s fine.

            What is not fine is government employees interfering in the religious behavior of students. The government cannot decide who your kids pray to.

            I did my research. I quoted the law. The Equal Access Act is a good law. It protects christian kids who want to have prayer or bible studies. It protects other kids who don’t want to participate.

            I just don’t understand why christians are okay with violating a law they wrote.

          • Jerome Horwitz

            Who wants to shut this down?

            You do.

            Kids gather around the flagpole and pray and all you can do is complain.

            Go away, commie.

          • OldSilk

            She’s unhappy that she didn’t have enough heads up to organize a violent protest on both sides, pretending to be pitted against each other.

          • Jerome Horwitz

            Cady hates Christians and Christianity. The fact of the matter is it’s none of anybody’s business if faculty and/or staff joined them because regardless of what people like Cady believe, you don’t check your beliefs at the door once you get a government related job.

          • Cady555

            It is everybody’s business if government employees violate the religious rights of students.

            Does a Muslim teacher check her beliefs at the door? A Hindu teacher? Be careful what you wish for. Because this is the very same law that prevents a Muslim or Hindu teacher from leading your children in prayer to Allah or Krishna.

            If you do not want your children led in prayer to Allah in a public school, defend this law written by Christians to protect Christians.

            What do I want? I want every single student at every single public school to be able to observe their personal religious beliefs and practices without interference from government employees.

            If you want anything different, you best check in the mirror for the “commie.”

          • Jerome Horwitz

            It is everybody’s business if government employees violate the religious rights of students.

            Exactly. But it is nobody’s business if any one of said employees chooses to pray as well.

            What do I want? I want every single student at every single public school to be able to observe their personal religious beliefs and practices without interference from government employees.

            I do not believe that for so much as a millisecond.

          • Cady555

            Does calling me a liar make you feel better? Enjoy. I don’t care what you believe. I don’t lie.

            I quoted the text of the Equal Access Act because I believe that is a good basis for religious activity in public schools. It protects all kids, christian and non christian. It seems that it is only christians who are having trouble honoring and obeying that law.

            I apply the same standards across the board, unlike some christians who are fine with teachers promoting christian beliefs and christian prayer but scream bloody murder if a teacher so much as mentions that Muslims exist.

            If you don’t like the law as written, talk to the evangelical christians who wrote it.

          • Jerome Horwitz

            First off, the Equal Access Act is not even relevant due to something called the First Amendment.

            Secondly, you have said absolutely nothing in defense of Christians and Christianity. That’s why you were called out days ago.

            Third, your “if, then” argument really means “All or nothing.” It’s designed not to welcome all religions, but to silence one: Christianity. I know this because the argument has been in use longer than this site.

            Finally, the kneeslapper that only you are telling the truth and everyone else is lying is simply that.

            We are done here.

          • Cady555

            First. The Equal Access Act is in accordance with the First Amendment. It protects the religious rights of all students against government overreach.

            Second. I am defending a law written by christians to protect christians. I also defend the right of christian students to Pray at the Pole. I just want government employees to obey the law and let them alone.

            Third. Christianity is not silenced. I’ve said over and over that christian students have the right to pray and read religious texts in public schools. Christians have the right to not participate in muslim prayers and hindu prayers.
            Members of other religions have the exact same right to exercise their own religions and not participate in yours.

            Fourth. You have said I am lying when I state my personal beliefs. You are incorrect. That is also quite rude. On the other hand, I do not call you or anyone else a liar when you state your own beliefs.

            Equality is not persecution. Christianity receiving the same deference and respect ad every other religious view is right. It only feels like persecution because christians used to being able to dominate.

          • Cady555

            Do not bear false witness.

            I do not and have never opposed student initiated religious activity by students in a public school. Ever. (Note – when an adult says “Now a student will pray,” it is obviously not student initiated.)

            School employees, as government representatives, cannot direct or encourage children to participate (or not) in religious activity.

            This is the law. Are you saying that it is unreasonable to expect school employees to obey the law?

          • Jerome Horwitz

            Do not bear false witness.

            Dude, you really shouldn’t be throwing that around as if you have some kind of moral high ground when we both know that 1) You have done the same, 2) You have no respect for the source material.

          • Cady555

            It’s your book of perfect morality that says not to lie. It also says to obey the law. It also says to be kind.


          • Jerome Horwitz


          • YES

          • Cady555

            Looking at that video, you conclude:

            (2) there is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government, or its agents or employees;


            (3) employees or agents of the school or government are present at religious meetings only in a nonparticipatory capacity;

            Did we watch the same video?

            Remember God said “do not bear false witness.”

          • You hate God and you are going to tell me things that He says?


        • Did the schools force anyone to participate?

        • Jerome Horwitz

          Neither your concern nor your business.

    • God is the ultimate judge and when all is said and done it is He alone that matters. Those of us who love Him know that and because of that love we want to please Him and honor Him and that is what this one day a year is all about.

      • Cady555

        You can please and obey god while obeying the law. Really and truly.

        Just let the kids organize it and lead it. Or do you think 2nd graders wrote the 2 page typed script they could barely read?

        • OldSilk

          You cannot please God without belief in His Son, whether you obey the whole law or only the parts you like or none of the law.

          • Cady555

            How does that have a bearing on kids organizing See You at the Pole?

      • OldSilk

        The life of every person in attendance across the country is hidden by God in Christ Jesus, and He didn’t tell Cady about it soon enough to organize malicious mischief. I doubt the poor little rich sewer rats would have crawled out of their holes that early anyway.

  • OldSilk

    Great kids. Happy kids. Good for them.

  • Quince

    What school is that in the video? It looks like they are good at that.