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Area students prepare to offer 'See You at the Pole' prayers
Students at area schools planning 'See You at the Pole' prayer services later this month

 Students at Courtland High School gathered around the flagpole for prayers in 2002. Local organizers of 'See You at the Pole' expect students at more area schools to take part on Sept. 27.
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Date published: 9/9/2006

Students nationwide will gather around flagpoles on their school grounds to pray on Sept. 27.

They will pray for their country, pray for the soldiers in Iraq, pray for their teachers and pray for matters specific to their school.

"We just pray for whatever is happening in our lives at the time," said Kyle Fulks, a senior at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania County.

The gathering is student-initiated and has been happening at public schools since the early 1990s when the concept developed in Texas. Last year, more than 2 million teenagers nationwide gathered at their schools, according to the See You at the Pole national Web site. Students in countries such as Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, South Korea, Nigeria, Scotland and South Africa also have started gathering for prayer at the flagpole.

"Students weave a prayer for different things," Lisa Call said.

She is the Fredericksburg representative of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Call said that all area high schools usually participate as well as some middle and elementary schools.

Fulks has been praying at the pole for the last two years.

He's thinking about putting up some posters, but is primarily relying on word of mouth to let students know about it.

"A lot of people hear about it and they just come out," he said.

This year's theme is from Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God."

Usually, the group is a mix of students already involved in FCA and first-timers to prayer-related events at school.

"It's a pretty good-size circle," he said.

Fulks said he continues to participate and hopes that other students will join in this year.

"Just because prayer is super important and it's another way for fellowship with other Christians."

Locally, the event has gained popularity and has sparked follow-up activities.

Later in the evening on Sept. 27, a youth rally with a "See You After the Pole" theme will be hosted at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in North Stafford.

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