Students Seek God at 'See You at the Pole' Event
Nearly 3 million students across the nation gathered in prayer Wednesday morning for the annual "See You at the Pole" rally.
Each year, Christian students meet at their school's flagpole to publicly seek God. They pray, read scripture, and sing songs before classes begin.
"[We're] just coming here around this pole, around the American flag to see what God will do and see what awesome things He has for our school and for our country," said Blake Phillips, a student participant at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Virginia Beach, Va.
"See You at the Pole" rallies began 20 years ago in Burleson, Texas, with 10 students. Now, the movement has spread across the U.S. and into 20 countries.
The rallies are student-initiated, student-organized and student-led, and take place every fourth Wednesday in September.
"God even gave me a dream last year about 'See You at the Pole,'" student Amanda Micelli said. "I want to see the school meet Jesus."
"We've got religious freedom in this country and it's a God-given gift, and we're allowed to come out here and just pray in corporate prayer," another attendee added.
The event is designed to encourage students to plan Bible studies and other outreach events for non-Christian classmates.