Students gather Wednesday morning outside schools for annual ‘See You at the Pole’ prayer rally

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Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 9:31 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Students in Topeka, across the nation and around the world gathered Wednesday morning for the annual “See You at the Pole” prayer rally outside their schools.

In Topeka, about 35 students and faculty members took part in the prayer gathering outside Cair Paravel Latin School, 635 S.W. Clay.

Prayers were offered for national leaders along with students and their families.

Cair Paravel senior Tess Ewing said she was glad to take part in the event.

“It’s a great time just to come and pray with your community,” she said, “and obviously, our school’s kind of like a family, so I thought it was really a great opportunity to hear others’ prayers and o be able to participate and all together, just kind of have that unified voice in prayer. It’s really special.”

Jachin Bonura, another Cair Paravel senior, said he was encouraged to be able to pray with other classmates in front of the school on Wednesday morning.

“It’s really cool to see our class come together and get together and pray,” Bonura said, “and talk about God and how he’s working in the world.”

Bonura said he was glad to know students in other states were praying in front of their schools on Wednesday morning.

“There’s hundreds and thousands of schools doing this,” he said, “and it’s really cool.”

“See You at the Pole” is a student-led event that traces its origins to 1990 in Burleson, Texas, where a small group of teenagers went to their school flagpoles on a Saturday night and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders.

According to the “See You at the Pole” website, a vision came out of that initial gathering for students across Texas to pray on the same day.

At 7 a.m. Sept. 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray.

On Sept. 11, 1991, an estimated 1 million students gathered at school flagpoles from Boston to Los Angeles to pray before classes began for the day.

Since then, See You at the Pole has grown to encompass more than 2 million students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries.

The event is held each year on the fourth Wednesday of September.

Bible clubs, weekly prayer gatherings and other on-campus ministries have been launched on campuses as a result of the “See You at the Pole” event.

For more information, visit www.syatp.com.