Students Gather around Flagpoles for 30th Annual See You At The Pole Event

  • Amanda Casanova Contributor
  • Published Sep 23, 2020
Students Gather around Flagpoles for 30th Annual See You At The Pole Event

Students around the world still gathered, both in-person and virtually, for Wednesday’s See You at the Pole event.

This year, the SYATP organization had a livestream video so that students could still participate. The Annual Global Day of Student Prayer is held on the fourth Wednesday of September each year.

This is the 30th year of the annual student event and in the midst of a global pandemic. Organizers say the theme is “Return. Restore. Revive.”

The theme comes from 2 Kings 23:25, which says, “Before him, there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.”

“As a nation, we need to return to the Lord and repent for present and past sins,” said First Priority Greater Birmingham Ministry Director Debi DeBoer. “Only then can relationships be restored and healing begin. Awaken our hearts, revive us or we can slumber and watch another generation be without hope,” DeBoer said.

In Wappingers Falls, New York, where schools are closed, students from a local high school gathered at a local park and spread out to pray in masks around a flagpole.

SYATP began in 1990 when a group of 10 students in Burleson, Texas drove to three different schools one night and prayed at the flagpoles. Later that year, youth leaders invited other students to take part in the prayer event.

According to CBN News, some one million students around the world participate in the one-day prayer event, including students from countries such as Canada, Japan, Korea and Turkey.

"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,” said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.