In an effort to recognize Jesus Christ in their schools, Brainerd area students gathered around the flagpole at their respective schools to pray and worship the Lord.
Dale Kuglin, executive director of Bay Area Youth Ministries, said nationally 3 million students gathered around flagpoles Wednesday.
"It's a time dedicated to pray for others. ... It's a day directing students to pray," he said.
According to the See You at the Pole Web site, SYATP is a student-initiated, student-organized and student-led event where students pray for their school, friends, teachers, government and nation. This year the SYATP theme is, "Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down."
Students at Central Lakes College in Brainerd gathered to pray Wednesday morning for national See You at the Pole day. (Submitted Photos by Dale Kuglin)
SYATP happens before school, between 7:15 and 8 a.m., every third Wednesday in September.
"See You at the Pole is geared toward students willing to take a public stand to show their Christian faith," Kuglin said. "They proclaim that Jesus is the most important thing in their life."
Nationally SYATP has been in action for 13 years, and Kuglin said Brainerd area students have participated in the event for almost that long.
Kuglin said this year students from Franklin Junior High School, Washington Middle School, Lake Region Christian School, Mississippi Horizons, Brainerd High School and Central Lakes College participated in SYATP, with about 60 to 75 students gathering at each school.
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