'See You at the Pole' Calls for Spiritual Awakening

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Thousands of students across the country gathered Wednesday for the 22nd annual "See You at the Pole" event.
   
Young people from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities showed up early to pray for their leaders, schools and families, continuing the tradition that began more than 20 years ago in Burleson, Texas.

In Virginia Beach, students at Tallwood High School arrived early to form circles of prayer.
   
This year's "Awaken" theme was taken from a prayer in the book of Ephesians.
   
Youth asked God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and the country.

Tallwood student Maurice Wallace prayed for a fellow classmate.

"I had a friend the other day said life is scary," Wallace said. "I asked him why, and he said 'because I don't know what to do after high school.'"

Another student, Marshall Bailey, said he was praying for his "school, my cross country team, my wrestling team and my family."    

The "See You at the Pole" movement has spread to more than 20 countries.

For some, like student Franchesca Peucio, attending the event was about expressing religious freedom.

"It's important for me to stand up for my faith more than what other people think of me and I feel that's very important," Peucio said.

Teachers were encouraged to see students include the needs of the community in their prayers.

"It is refreshing to know that as much negative stuff that is going on, the kids still do have hearts for each other and for other people around the school," Tallwood teacher Vinny Garufi said.

"I think it allowed us to feel as teachers they're some kids here that know the scripture," teacher Kathryn Matney said. "They know how to pray."

The "See You at the Pole" movement has spread to more than 20 countries.

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Charlene Aaron

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