Students Lead See You at the Pole

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Across Mississippi and our country, students showed up a little early to school, gathering around their school's flagpole to pray on the 20th anniversary of See You at the Pole.

Students at Meridian High School were among the estimated 1.5 million in the U.S. who also joined hands outside their schools.

The event began in Burlington, Tex., and spread like wildfire to almost every school in the nation.

See You at the Pole is now so popular it may break through high school walls and began surfacing at local area businesses; at least, that's what the teenagers who participate envision.

"I wish the whole city of Meridian could come and see how wonderful this was," said MHS freshman Kelly Nowlan.

"It brings everybody a little closer together," said Conner Bancroft, MHS sophomore. "You find friends you didn't know you had. You find people that will be there for you and pray for you when you need it."

Organizers say the event offers young Christians a chance to pray for each other, their schools and their country at the beginning of each academic year.

The top prayer out of Meridian High seemed to be for peace, friendship, and a united high school.

"It helps me to be a better person, talk to people more. Not to be afraid," said sophomore Larry Gill.

"It just started my day off good. Had a positive affect on my day," said Bancroft. "I know I'm going to have a good day now."


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  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Sep 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    Dave, excellent answer. SYATP isn’t required, and it’s student-led. No one is forced to go, and no one is criticized for not going. It’s a peaceful, public expression of faith in a public place; there’s nothing illegal about that. Among other issues, the students there pray for the safety of other students as well as faculty members. That should be commended! As a teacher, I covet any prayers I can get! I wonder why Christianity offends so many non-Christians. Hum…
  • by Dave on Sep 24, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    No one is forced to participate in See You at the Pole. That school is public property, owned by the Christians as well as those who are not. Students have a right to assemble for prayer. Students who don't want to have the right to not pray. The problem is not Christians persecuting others. It's others trying to squash Christians from exercising their rights. Christians feel a duty to reach out with their faith. I don't see people using their Bibles to beat people on the head. They are trying to share something personal they have experienced. No, Jesus did not mention a flagpole, but He did say, "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
  • by Why do you persecute James? on Sep 24, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    James, you are exactly right. Further, you have free will and may chose to worship as you please, and thankfully this country embraces that. For the persecutors, where did Jesus say to meet him at the pole? Nowhere. He is recorded as going into the Temple to worship. If Christianity would stop thinking it must force itself on others to "save" them, then we might not be in as many battles, and we definitely would not have had the massive executions in the name of Christianity in the past. Wake up and see what is really going on.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    James, What a sad life you must have. I can't imagine a day, hour, minute or second without God in it. Praying and seeking God's will is so awesome. I can only pray that you will seek the Lord. All you have to do is ask. Remember God loves us all the same no matter who we are or what we have done. I pray wherever I am, not just church.
  • by Praying for you James Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    Christians' own efforts to grow in the Lord must escape the boundaries of the church buildings. They must see Him daily; not just on Sundays in church. They must speak to Him, read His word and listen to what He says. They must see the events of life in a larger perspective. God is working all the time around them. They must see Him working and it must become part of their testimony. They must grow in Him so that they have something to tell the outside world. What happens in church must get outside the church! What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but the opposite should be true for church!
  • by God is everyday Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    There is always a time for God, this is everday at every hour and every second. James you need to get a life and we will see how Jesus reacts to your comment on Judgement day.
  • by mimi Location: county on Sep 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    I'm with Joe, I think it's wonderful! James, I'll say a prayer for you.
  • by Joe Location: Newton on Sep 23, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    James, get a life. I think this a great thing. School was not in session and are you in school now?
  • by James Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    There's a time for this.... It's called church.
  • by Teacher Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    I was blessed and honored to be part of the SYATP event this morning at Northeast Elementary. May God bless our schools and our nation.
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