Sabine High School and Middle School students gathered at the campus flagpole at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning for the annual “See You At The Pole” event, which allows students, teachers and staff to come together for prayer, worship music and fellowship.

“I know we have been doing it at least 9 years. The first one I attended here had about 15-20 people and as the students have taken the lead in running the event it has grown,” said Keith Taylor, SHS math teacher and UIL coach.

Dozens of students and teachers were present for the event early Tuesday morning.

Senior Jake Knight, a youth speaker and worship music group member at Grace Baptist Church in Kilgore, played the keyboard and led the crowd in song.

Knight, along with fellow seniors Kennedy Neighbors and Skylar Stafford, shared Bible verses and brief messages with those assembled, encouraging them to begin the 2019-2020 school year with faith and perseverance.

“The number of people at the event and the warm spirit, I believe, represents the heartbeat of our community. While we all have our differences and problems, this community understands the importance and value of letting Christ’s love be the center of our motivation. It is also evidence of how the community at large, the teachers, principals, administrators, school board, etc., is all about supporting the students in our school,” Taylor said.

Students also gathered at Kilgore Middle School Wednesday for their own "See You At The Pole" event. 

According to SYATP.com, “See You At The Pole” began in 1990 when ten Burleson, Texas students gathered to pray at night at area schools. Their actions were shared at a conference in June 1990 and other students were encouraged to participate. Over 45,000 students at 1,200 campuses in Texas and three other states joined in on the event in September 1990.

“Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September,” the website reads.

The event now has an international reach with students participating in countries around the globe.

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