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Prayer draws students outside for See You At The Pole

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Students and members of the community unite to pray at See You At The Pole 2017 Students and members of the community unite to pray at See You At The Pole 2017
Students praying at See You At The Pole 2017 Students praying at See You At The Pole 2017
Graycie Michelson, Sumter High student Graycie Michelson, Sumter High student
Delmar Peet, Pastor to students and families at Alice Drive Baptist Church Delmar Peet, Pastor to students and families at Alice Drive Baptist Church

By Janelle Buniel
CAROLINA REPORTER & NEWS

Millions of students around the country gathered on their school grounds early Wednesday for one central reason: prayer.

See You At The Pole is a global day of prayer. It began in 1990 where just 10 students gathered together in prayer as a grassroots movement. 27 years later, millions of students meet at their school flagpoles to pray every fourth Wednesday in September for their school and community.

At Sumter High School, around 50 students and members of the community joined in prayer before school began. Hundreds more gathered at other schools such as Alice Drive Middle School and Lakewood High School.

“See You At The Pole is a wonderful way for us to show our faith and also pray for the country at the same time,” says Graycie Michelson, Sumter High student. “It’s an amazing opportunity to have in a public school where kids normally don’t get that opportunity.”

She thinks love is an essential part of being a Christian and adds, “To me, personally, I think showing love to others is one of the main ways Christians have to show our faith, and See You At The Pole is a wonderful way for us all to come together and then go out and show that.”

Delmar Peet is a pastor at Alice Drive Baptist Church. He believes that events like See You At The Pole are crucial in times of hate and tension in our country. “As a Christian… we have the ability to love people unlike anyone else can. We can look defiance and hatred and anger in the face and give it back with love,” he said.

For more information on See You At The Pole, you can visit their website.

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