BRAWLEY – Nation-wide, youth began appearing at 7:00 a.m. at school flagpoles on the 24th annual See You at the Pole (SYATP). In front of BUHS, 30 students, teachers, and adults circled the pole and began to pray for the administration, teachers, students, leaders and servicemen.
The annual gathering of Christian students began in 1990, as students of all ages gathered at their local school during the morning before the start of school to pray, read scripture, and worship.
The movement began after schools banned prayer except if it was student led. Now, over 4 million students participate in the United States, and other nations have joined including Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, and South Africa.
At Brawley, the annual SYATP is organized by the Christian school Club, Campus Life. This student led group meets twice weekly in room 48, once to plan the meeting and then the regular meeting on Thursday during the lunch hour.
Club president, Anna Archer, says the kids can just come straight there for lunch as the club has lots of pizza. “We do a crowd ice breaker and then have one of the students usually give a testimony.”
Their next big event will be 5th quarter. The 5th Quarter is put on by Youth for Christ and Campus Life. Brawley’s 5th Quarter will be at the BUHS gym right after the Bell Game on November 7.
Prizes are given away, there are games, and a talk by an inspirational guest speaker. All high school students are invited.