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As the Wednesday morning sun started lighting the Henryetta high school campus over 100 high school and middle school students were gathering to pay.
The students were participating in the annual “See You at the Pole,” event held every Sept. 28.
They enjoyed several gospel songs presented by members of the Henryetta Nazarene 365 Youth and heard several Biblical passages read by high school students.
Following that, the students broke up into smaller groups and held several prayer sessions. They then circled the three flag poles in front of the high school and offered prayers for their school, community  and each other.
"See You at the Pole" started in Texas 25 years ago. Since then, it has spread across the nation and even has participants overseas.
Since 2006, the kickoff event is always held on the fourth Wednesday in September, usually at 7 a.m. In 2013, the organization also created the Global Week of Student Prayer in the fourth week of September also.
Even though prayer is forbidden as a school function, the event is allowed because it is a “student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.” As the event is held outside of school hours and not under their leadership, it is protected by 1st Amendment rights of freedom of religion and expression.

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