Students are gathering around their school's flagpole today in a continuation of an annual event that brings prayer to their campus.
"Today is 'See You At The Pole' (SYATP) all across the world," says Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of American Family Association (AFA). "Young people will be meeting at their schools, at the flagpole, before thehttp://www.afa.net start of school and they will pray for their families, for their classmates, for their teachers and school administrators, and for our nation."
Vitagliano says it's exciting to see the event drawing larger crowds nearly three decades after the first See You At The Pole in the early 1990s.
"Young people get used to the fact that prayer is not only a part of the Christian life, but it is instrumental to a successful school experience," the AFA spokesman continues, "and the fact that young people broaden the group for whom they pray, to [include] their parents and teachers and school administrators and including the nation, is a great way of understanding the heart of these teenagers."
AFA has encouraged all students to participate in See You at the Pole today at 7:00 a.m. local time, and is hopeful that parents and grandparents will encourage their teenagers to participate as well.
Is it legal for the students to pray before the beginning of the school day?
"The First Amendment guarantees students the right to pray individually or in groups on school grounds during any non-instructional time," says a press release from Liberty Counsel. "All students may express their opinions verbally or in writing before or after school, in between classes, during the lunch hour or on the playing field, according to the federal guidelines on prayer in public schools found on Liberty Counsel's website."
"Liberty Counsel supports all students who exercise their constitutional right to pray during the annual See You at the Pole event and throughout the school year," says Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver. "These Christian young people are leading the way and providing an incredible example that all people should follow."'
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