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See You at the Pole Spain Park 9-23-15 (2)
Students at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., pray during a See You at the Pole gathering on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.
Hundreds of students from across Hoover are expected to gather outside their schools for special times of prayer Wednesday morning before school.
The 2016 See You at the Pole event is part of an international nondenominational movement that began in Burleson, Texas, in 1990. Students are encouraged to gather at their school’s flagpole — or other designated area — before school to pray for their schools, leaders and families, asking God to bring a moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.
The gatherings typically are initiated and led by students, but outside groups run by adults sometimes promote the events as well and encourage participation.
Here are some approximate times for the gatherings at various Hoover schools, according to First Priority, a Christian organization that promotes the events in Alabama, and other sources in the Hoover community:
- Gwin Elementary — 7 a.m.
- Hoover High – 7 a.m. in the school courtyard
- Riverchase Elementary – 7 a.m. on the school’s playground
- South Shades Crest Elementary - 7 a.m. at the track/field area
- Bluff Park Elementary – 7:15 a.m. at the back gazebo
- Green Valley Elementary – 7:15 a.m.
- Trace Crossings Elementary – 7:15 a.m.
- Berry Middle – 7:30 a.m.
- Brock’s Gap Intermediate – 7:30 a.m.
- Bumpus Middle – 7:30 a.m.
- Simmons Middle – 7:30 a.m.
- Spain Park High – 8 a.m.
See You at the Pole gatherings also may be held at other schools in Hoover, but First Priority was not aware of times for other schools.
A See You at the Pole rally for youth also is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Southeastern Bible College at 2545 Valleydale Road. For more information, contact Debi DeBoer, the Hoover and Shelby County area director for First Priority, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Priority estimates 20,000 to 30,000 students from across the Birmingham-Hoover metro area will gather at more than 150 schools for prayer Wednesday morning.