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Kansas students pray during ‘See You at the Pole’

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013, at 8:41 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013, at 8:18 p.m.

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Thousands of middle and high school students throughout Kansas gathered at their school flagpoles to pray Wednesday morning as an expression of their Christian faith during an event called “See You at the Pole.”

The event, which began in 1990 when students in a small Texas town decided to pray together before school, is held on the fourth Wednesday of September each year. It is part of a worldwide Global Week of Student Prayer.

The First Amendment guarantees students the right to pray on school grounds during any non-instructional time – before or after school, in between classes, during the lunch hour or on the playing field. And guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Education specify that students may participate in before- or after-school religious activities “on the same terms as they may participate in other non-curriculum activities on school premises.”

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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