New Castle News

September 26, 2012

Photo Gallery, Story: Local students gather for See You at the Pole

Dan Irwin
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — In a scene re-created around the county, students gathered Wednesday morning around their school flagpoles.

They were part of See You at the Pole, a global day of student prayer that began in 1990 with 10 students praying at their school. Now, millions rally at their school’s flagpole prior to the start of classes on the fourth Wednesday of each September to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school and nation to God.

At Mohawk, nearly 40 students turned out in a light drizzle to participate. The event was organized and led by Jared Hepler, Matt Montgomery and Kayla Barber.

Approximately 65 students, meanwhile, met at the pole at the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center.

The observance continues tonight at New Castle High with a 7 p.m. concert by the band Love & Death. The band is led by Brian “Head” Welch, former lead singer for the controversial, Grammy Award-winning band Korn.

Korn has been credited with being the major influence in the rise of the Nu Metal Movement, and Welch won two Grammys and several MTV music video awards while with the group.

In 2005, though, he shocked the music world when he resigned from Korn to re-dedicate his life to Christ and focus on raising his daughter, Jennea, as a single father.

Earlier this week, Lawrence County Youth Ministries — which sponsors all Pole-related events — also staged a Monday rally at The Riverwalk and coordinated assemblies through the Seven Project at Mohawk, Union and the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center. The Seven Project’s school assemblies are customized, multimedia events dealing with real life and character issues faced by students. These programs include video segments that deal with anti-violence, scholastic achievement, peer pressure, integrity, substance abuse, abstinence and other topics.