See You At The Pole

See You At The Pole

On Wednesday, September 26th, Blanton Elementary teachers and students (as well as their parents) attended See You At The Pole. For over 25 years, See You At The Pole has been about one simple act – prayer. It is an annual event committed to the global unity in Christ and prayer for each generation – students all over the globe gather around their flagpole in front of their school in the early morning to worship before school starts.

This year marked Blanton Elementary’s second year participating in this event. A group of moms who are apart of the PTA made it happen. “Last year, my friend’s church gave us a challenge, and we accepted,” said Lisa Walker, one of the moms at Blanton Elementary. “After so many tragedies last year, we felt we needed to implement prayer and good vibes.”

Because last year’s event was so successful, they decided to continue the event for another year and hopefully for years to come. “It was a really good outcome this year, and this year was so different and emotional because this time around, the kids got it – they understood what they were there for and they actually prayed – even the little ones,” Lisa said.

When a couple of the schools in Denton ISD heard about the success rate at Blanton Elementary, they decided to implement the event into their schools as well. “It was really cool that they caught on, and hopefully we can get more of the district involved in the future,” said Lisa.

While it is a mom organized event, See You At The Pole is a student-led and student-initiated event. According to the SYATP website, strong student leadership is crucial, and can make or break the event. It is important for adults to step back and allow the students to grow and learn in their faith by leading. Local pastor, Cal Callendar, of Lantana Community Fellowship Church, led the group in a few prayers.

See You At The Pole surprisingly didn’t begin very long ago. In 1990, a small youth group followed God’s leading to pray for their schools. On the SYATP website, it states, “God does not want prayer to end at this one-day event, but to be used as a springboard for students to unite together to bless and pray for their school.

“You know,” Lisa said, thinking back to the event. “One of my friends said it perfectly: ‘Schools may have taken God out of them, but He will always live within our hearts,’ and to see that passed down to our children just makes it that much more special.”

 

photo courtesy of Candice Berry


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