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."