What is See You at the Pole™?
See You at the Pole™ is a student led global movement of prayer. It is typically held on the fourth Wednesday in September, usually before school and typically at the school’s flag pole. It includes kids in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges/universities across the world. Students will be gathering to pray for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. See their official website for more details.
When is See You at the Pole™?
In 2017, See You at the Pole™ takes place on Wednesday, September 27th. Times vary based on location. See You at the Pole™ is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation.
How to find out if your child’s school is participating in See You at the Pole™?
You will need to ask your school’s administration if there will be a club/organization sponsoring the event at the school. The key is that it has to be led by students, this event can’t be hosted by teachers, administrators or parents. If your school is hosting an event, encourage your child to participate and be sure to have them there at the designated time.
If your school isn’t planning to host See You at the Pole™, here’s what you can do:
Contact the school to see if there is a student club or organization that might be interested in sponsoring the event. Again remember this must be a student initiated and led event, so the teachers can’t lead the event. If your child is a part of an organization at school, encourage them to lead the event. They can use the Elementary Prayer Guide or the Middle/High School Prayer Guide to get them started.
If no clubs or organizations step up to organize the event, encourage your child and his/her friends to gather at the flagpole before school on Wednesday September 27th. Have them spread the word and try to get as many kids there as possible. They can use the Elementary Guide or the Middle/High School Guide to get them started. There are also graphics they can share on social media located on the official SYATP website.
See the official statements below from See You at the Pole’s website below:
“While there is no requirement to ask the administration or school board’s permission to meet, it is wise and courteous to inform the administration about See You at the Pole™. According to your constitutional rights upheld by Supreme Court precedent, you already have permission to have See You at the Pole™ because it is student-led, before school hours, and outside of any school building. It does not cost the district anything financially for students to meet and pray, so you aren’t “establishing religion with tax money.” Read the United States Department of Education’s statement on Religious Expression in Public Schools.
If opposed by the school administration, you should:
- Know your rights. Students who take leadership should be willing to back up their beliefs, if necessary, by studying the materials available. Visit the Alliance Defending Freedom web site for more info regarding students’ legal rights.
- Plan your response. If ordered by a school official to disperse during See You at the Pole™, you should respectfully leave the school grounds and pray off campus. The goal of See You at the Pole™ is to pray to God, not fight with man. You can make an appointment with the official later to discuss the situation.
- Use your available resources. Expert legal counsel is available from several groups offering free assistance to individuals in religious-liberty cases. Timely intervention has resolved almost every situation with little difficulty!
- Remember—above all, you are representing Christ.”
If students who are praying are told by someone from the administration (or otherwise in authority at the school) to stop praying during See You at the Pole™, we recommend that you obey that authority and move your prayer time off campus. See You at the Pole™ is about praying, not arguing about your legal rights. You may want to bring a parent, youth worker, or other adult with you to speak to the authority later. If necessary, you may want to contact a legal group who can clarify your rights for the school official.
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