CRYSTAL LAKE – Around two dozen Crystal Lake Central High School students started their Wednesday morning in prayer outside the school.
The students gathered as part of See You at the Pole, a national day of prayer where students meet at their school flagpole to pray for their school, teachers, friends and family. The day of prayer started in 1990 and is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday of September.
Among those present was Crystal Lake Central senior Caitlyn Dayton, who said the event will hopefully encourage more students to take part in Fellowship of Christian Students, a group that meets once a week at the school.
“There’s a good amount of people here, and hopefully we can keep growing,” Dayton said. “I’m out here today to be an example to other people in the school and show them what the love of Jesus Christ is really about and to be a light in the school.”
Fellow senior Ben Peters said that while he enjoyed Wednesday’s turnout, he knows that practicing Christians are a minority in the student body.
“It’s public school, so it’s always going to be the minority,” Peters said. “But I think we definitely are growing and I know a lot of people here that are Christians, and it’s nice to have that kind of camaraderie and that kind of connection throughout the entire school year.”
The group was supervised by English teacher Ben Thomas, who said he enjoys being the “fly on the wall” of the student-led organization.
“It’s about the kids,” Thomas said. “It’s a great event for them. It’s awesome that I can supervise it and be a part of it as a teacher. It’s a different lens that you get to be involved with the kids, and a pretty powerful lens.”