Students gather for annual See You at the Pole prayer event

Students Jessie Johns (front) and Noah Rostance pray during the annual "See You at the Pole" prayer even tat Rollings Middle School of the Arts. (Photo by Oeland Camp)

Middle and high school students across the Lowcountry took part in “See You at the Pole,” a global student-led prayer event last week.

Millions of students worldwide met at their school flagpoles early Wednesday morning to pray before hitting the schoolbooks.

The prayer event began in 1990 as a grassroots movement of 10 students who prayed at their Texas school. Students still organize the events, which now take place around the world.

About 150 Cane Bay High School staff and students met to pray at their flagpole, Principal Lee Westberry said.

Westberry then sent a photograph of the students praying to a soldier in Afghanistan who is a former Berkeley County School District student.

“I told him that the kids were praying for our troops at the time, and he sent a picture back of his troops thanking our kids for their prayers,” Westberry said.

About 100 students and staff also prayed at the flagpole on the joint campus that houses the Academic Magnet High and School of the Arts in North Charleston. Another 60 took part at Hanahan High.

Summerville High, Pinewood Preparatory and Rollings Middle School of the Arts also participated. So did James Island Charter High, among others.

To prepare for the Lowcountry events, more than 160 students from area middle schools and high schools as well as home school students gathered the week before at Old Fort Baptist Church in Summerville.

“This isn’t an effort led by one church. It’s a movement of the students that’s supported by many churches of different denominations in this area,” said Oeland Camp, youth minister at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville who attended the event. “If the youth are the hope of the future, then hope is happening now.”

Reach Jennifer Hawes at 937-5563, follow her on Twitter at @JenBerryHawes

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