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Liberty prays for nation's students at See You at the Pole rally

September 26, 2012 : By Bethany Pico/Liberty University News Service

Hundreds of Liberty University students gathered inside Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center for the annual See You at the Pole (SYATP) rally on Sept. 25, the night before millions of students of all ages across the country met at their schools’ flagpoles to pray.

SYATP rallies started in 1990 when 10 students desired to pray for their high school in Texas. Now millions of students gather around the world on the fourth Wednesday in September.

Liberty has participated in the event since 1990.

Seven years ago, Liberty started the unique tradition of holding SYATP the night before in order to pray for the students who attend rallies nationwide the next morning.

Daniel Bolton is a junior at Liberty and is a Resident Assistant with the Office of Student Leadership. He participated in SYATP and led a prayer during the event.

“We lead through example by meeting the night before, as a student body, to pray for the millions of students who will be attending SYATP the following morning,” Bolton said. “I attended because prayer works. It shows our dependence on God.”

Due to rain, the rally was held in the Grand Lobby of DeMoss instead of its traditional location in front of the flagpole. Liberty packed out the space with representatives from all 50 states and several countries to pray for their neighbors and for local needs.  

The hour opened with worship from the Campus Praise Band as students prepared their hearts to petition the Lord. Students from the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Leadership guided prayer for government, school athletics, teachers, administration, youth pastors, school outreach, and salvation of friends and families back home.