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Students participate in See You At The Pole

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Northview High School seniors Devin Harvey (left) and Meredith Heffner sing hymns during the NHS Bible Club's See You At The Pole event Wednesday morning. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Approximately 20 Northview High School students took part in See You At The Pole Wednesday morning.

The students, members of the NHS Bible Club, met each other at the flagpole in front of the school to sing hymns and offer devotions.

The school has taken part in the worldwide event for several years.

"We've done it for as long as I can remember," NHS Director of Guidance and co-Bible Club advisor Susan Treash said.

The other advisor of the Bible Club is Bev Higham.

See You At The Pole is an annual gathering of Christian students who unite in prayer, take part in scripture reading, hymn singing and more prior to the start of school.

The event takes place annually on the fourth Wednesday of each year and began in 1990 as a grassroots movement.

The Northview students were led by Bible Club President Kurtis Broyles and Vice President Brandon Pleake, who both offered devotionals Wednesday morning.

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This is just wonderful!!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 10:08 PM

So proud that you covered this story....hopefully it always will be 'allowed' to take place ...and covered by the Brazil Times. Kudos!

-- Posted by MoralsOrMoney? on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 10:27 PM

This is wrong on so many levels. First and foremost, a gathering of this sort should NEVER take place on public school property. Secondly, if it must be allowed, it is NOT inclusive in the least. Does this group study other "isms," mythologies, and cultures at ALL?

-- Posted by wands on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 3:54 AM

Why is it wrong, again?

Why shouldn't a school club be allowed to use school property?"

Does this group study agriculture? Should the FFA study the Bible or the Torah? Perhaps the French Club should talk in and study the German or Spanish languages and vice versa?

No, the club is not "all inclusive", it is comprised of students who choose to study the Bible. Any and all students are free to join, I do believe, regardless of their religion. In that, there is another question. Does everyone who wishes to participate in extra-curricular sports make the team or is the team limited in number by the rules of the game?

The Bible Club is not a class in comparative theology nor is it a study of cultures. It is a group of like-minded people meeting to discuss and learn about a common interest.

What, pray tell, is wrong with that?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 5:16 AM

I agree with Leo. I think wands is just trying to cause trouble.

-- Posted by Jed on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 7:25 AM

I also agree with Leo & Jed. Wands if I'm not mistaking these kids go in before school starts to have there See you at the Pole. I think it is a great thing.I also think it is great that the Times covered this.

-- Posted by kd323 on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 7:36 AM

kd323 is correct, the "See You at the Pole" meeting took place at 7:30 in the morning.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 11:29 AM

Ignore wands--remember, DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS!!!

-- Posted by snow on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 1:59 PM

I'm happy to see that our local students take time to do this and that the Times covers it. It's nice to see something positive in the paper regarding our youth.

-- Posted by snow on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 2:00 PM

This is great ! snow is dead on, good to see it in the paper also .

-- Posted by Soni on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 2:28 PM


Enjoy your kool-aid now cause there won't be any in the lake of fire!!

-- Posted by Gerstmeyer Tech. on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 3:04 PM

As we know...those that make the most "noise" are the ones that are the most 'heard'....WE need to STAND UP for what is right is this community or those that are smaller in number will always sound louder.....I'm just sayin'...STAND UP for Freedom and Patriotism...and the Biblical principles that keep us from destroying ourselves from within!

-- Posted by MoralsOrMoney? on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 3:23 PM

While I agree that Bible Club is a good thing,

there are also other religions that will feel

welcome to participate in their own, and they may NOT agree with your own views. Example: Wiccans may decide to use the school grounds for their own club. Just sayin.

Separation of church and state is a good law.

When I go to Church, I sure do not want to hear about political views, commentary, etc. I go to worship God and thats all. I pray for my country.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 4:54 PM

Wand and Pearl2083, If I am not mistaken and Leo may know for sure, the school officals can reject groups that want to use the school BEFORE and AFTER SCHOOL. I remember reading in the Times concerning the Boy Scouts, that is was only during the active school day that you could not let special interest groups in but before and after school use of the building is at the descretion of the school officals.

I think it is a wonderful thing that the kids get to do this. Why is it a bad thing to study thou shalt not steal or thou shalt not kill or love thy neighbor? It would be great if we could have more of these activities.

-- Posted by patriotgames on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 7:54 PM

Hey Wand .... why don't you meet me at the flag pole I will show you how I feel about your opinion of our christian kids showing their support of christianity and patriotism. Since dedicating my life to Jesus Christ I don't get MAD very often but your rambling pushed me over the edge.

Leo...I don't always agree with your views of the school board but you hit the nail on the head with your comment on this nut cases ramblings!!!

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 8:09 PM

Actually, the school can deny the use of school property at any time to any outside group at their discretion. The Bible Club is not an outside group as is the Boy Scouts of America, it is a club made up of students. Should there be a group of Wiccans, or any other religion, that wishes to form a school club and use school property I do not have a problem with that. I just do not see it happening, although I will not rule out the possibility. Extracurricular activities still must abide by school policy and the law, so there are "checks and balances" in place.

I do have a question, though. Can anyone quote me a law, federal or state, that mandates this "separation of church and state" as I find only that the 1st Amendment bars the government from establishing a state or National religion by law and from prohibiting the free exercise thereof(concerning any religion). The Government of the United States does not recognize any religion as "official", although, the general public of that nation and the world often sees that the United States citizenry is predominately Christian and therefore assumes that the Government of the United States is also. Quite frankly, I think we would be making an error if that were to be changed because it would curtail the freedom of religion for all and it would not be long before a majority would want not only one religion, but only the particular variant, sect, or denomination practiced by the majority. Even the most benign religion would become oppressive when a person is forced to practice it against their wishes.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 1:01 AM

If more people were praying for our students, city, and nation, rather than complaining about those who are praying-imagine the difference it would make!!!

-- Posted by Living 4Him on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 9:53 PM

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