Christian students gather at school flagpoles across the country for prayer

Christian students gather at school flagpoles across the country for prayer September 23, 2020

Christian students will gather around their schools’ flagpoles and virtually, September 23 at 7:00 a.m. to pray for their schools, friends, families, communities and nation at the annual See You at the Pole™ (SYATP) event.

SYATP is a movement of “students leading students.” It’s based on “The biblical call to RETURN. RESTORE. REVIVE.”

In its 30th year of praying at school flag poles, this year a livestream video will also be available at 7:00 a.m. in each U.S. time zone (including Alaska and Hawaii).

Participants can access the livestream from the “Campus Prayer” app, SYATP’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, or on its website:

It began in 1990 when ten teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend.

They drove to three different schools one night, went to the schools’ flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. They then challenged their peers to pray simultaneously, naming the movement, “See You at the Pole.”

The first prayer event took place at 7 a.m. on September 12, 1990, when more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states. The next year, at 7 a.m. on September 11, 1991, an estimated one million students did the same.

Since then, an estimated one million students from all the world participate in See You at the Pole, the organization states. Students in more than 64 countries, including Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast, have participated.

“The First Amendment guarantees students the right to pray individually or in groups on school grounds during any non-instructional time,” the nonprofit religious liberty organization Liberty Counsel argues. “All students may express their opinions verbally or in writing before or after school, in between classes, during the lunch hour or on the playing field, according to the federal guidelines on prayer in public schools,” the organization states.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “These Christian young people are leading the way by example in prayer for their schools, communities and the nation. Liberty Counsel is proud of and supports all students who exercise their constitutional right to pray during the annual See You at the Pole™ event and throughout the school year.”

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