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Students, parents pray in front of area schools in See You at the Pole event

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

In honor of See You at the Pole, an annual student-led event where students can express their beliefs before the school day, students and adults gathered in front of Angelina County schools to pray Wednesday morning.

See You at the Pole is a nation-wide event that is held on the fourth Wednesday in September.

See You at the Pole is an annual student lead event, where students can express their beliefs before starting their school day, and students at schools all over Angelina County participated Wednesday morning.

"It's so important to pray and to pray together is incredibly important," Mary Grace Stacey, an 11th grader at Lufkin High School."

This morning, students stood with heads bowed in front of Lufkin High School for a moment of prayer. At the 22nd annual See You at the Pole event, students took time to pray for their school, faculty, staff, and a successful school year.

"We prayed for the atmosphere in our school, we prayed for boldness for us to be able to stand up for those who don't know Jesus," Camille Cox, an 11th grader at LHS, said.

Keith Nash, the youth pastor at Denman Avenue Baptist Church, said the student-led event is a ray of hope for future generations. He added that their actions are an encouragement for the entire campus.

"It allows students the opportunity to have a stand on their campus that they would be a light to their friends, teachers and administration," Nash said.

The tradition began in 1990 when a group of students in Burleson gathered around their flag pole to pray for their school.

Cox said that starting off the day in prayer and knowing other students share the same beliefs is uplifting.

"It's hard to walk the Christianity path alone, so you can see who is with you, and it's a good thing to pray for your school with people who go here and know what happened in school," Cox said.

For students who participated, See You at the Pole is something they hope to carry with them for the entire school year.

"I really feel like today I'll go into that school, and I'll see the people I saw today and know that I'm not alone," Stace said.

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