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JULIE WELLS: Students shouldn't be afraid to pray at school

Julie Wells

Julie Wells

The annual See You At The Pole event was held all across the nation on Wednesday.

Some of you may be familiar with the annual event, which was started in Texas in 1990 by a group of 10 or so students. What they did was gather around their flag pole at their school and pray.

That is right, they prayed. They prayed for their family, friends, this nation and more.

I found myself at Heritage High School's flag pole for the first time in 1994 and prayed with my fellow classmates. I prayed every year after that until I graduated in 1998.

I remember being gathered around the flag pole and being so proud that their were so many students gathered with us praying. What a way to start your day.

Sure, some students snickered, but most of all I remember most kids showing a bit more respect than they normally did.

Most of those kids saw us in Mrs. Carol Ingle's classroom most every morning singing and praying anyway. We were a part of a club called, Fellowship of Christian Youth. We even had guitars and a projector reflecting the words of the songs.

We didn't usually close the door either; we wanted people to hear us praising the Lord.

Now, I know I see things all the time that say prayer has been taken out of school, but I beg to differ.

On Wednesday morning, thousands upon thousands upon thousands of kids stood up for who they believed in and gathered around their school's flag pole and prayed.

Of course, the event has to be student led, initiated and organized, but if you've got some students who aren't afraid to say they are a Christian, well it just takes one person to start a revolution.

My goodness, it was only 10 or so kids in 1990 who started this annual event.

Prayer is the one thing that cannot be taken away from you. Prayers can be said without even opening your mouth. I encourage the youth of this generation to be bolder than ever. We need a praying generation.

You can't tell me kids don't say prayers before they get ready to take a test. I know I did, especially if it was math class.

I'll leave you with verse that the SYATP event uses to encourage the kids of this nation to gather around and pray: "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them" (Matthew 18:20).

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.