By Molly Seales
On Wednesday, September 23, Riverdale Academy’s FCA organized the annual See You at the Pole, which began in September of 1990 by a group of teenagers who were broken and burdened for their friends. They met at the flagpole to pray, and now, 30 years later, the See You at the Pole movement has reached millions of students in countries around the world.
Wednesday morning students from grades Pre-K through 12, along with faculty and staff, gathered in the school gym to observe See You at the Pole. FCA President Brennan Edie welcomed everyone, and then sophomore FCA member James Wagoner opened in prayer. Then Brennan Edie and Tinley Ogden read the history of See You at the Pole. 8th Grader Jadyn King then led in prayer.
Principal Danny Rester and his daughter, Jeralyn Wilhite, led the music with the songs “Days of Elijah” and “What a Beautiful Name It Is.” Then 2nd grader Jonathon “Junior” Curry prayed. Dr. Nathan Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church Coushatta, brought the message based on Proverbs 3:5-6. He reminded us that we need to trust in the Lord at all times. Then all of the students, faculty, and staff gathered around the flagpole and sang “Sanctuary.” Mr. Rester then closed us in prayer.
This year’s See You at the Pole theme was “Return, Restore, Revive.” The verse was II Kings 23:25, which says, “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did-with all his heart and with his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with the Law of Moses.” Students at Riverdale are blessed to be able to pray without fear. FCA is led by Dr. Hunter Brown and Mrs. Kelly Azlin. This year’s FCA members are Madison Chamberlin, Will Jones, Molly Seales, James Wagoner, Kenley Loftin, Rylee Kate Woodard, Renee Prosperie, Ty Jones, Denver Williams, Jake Messenger, Tinley Ogden, Abby Jones, Brennan Edie, Matthew Seales, Parker Almond, and Paul Messenger.