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PTHS students go to the pole

Posted: December 3, 2013 5:23 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

“See You at the Pole,” Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) third-grader Jacob Harris told fellow students Nov. 26 on his way to leading a time of prayer for Thanksgiving. Students used the time to say what they are thankful as Jacob led the 10-minute session, something he also did in 2012.

Jacob said he wanted everyone to get closer to God and pray for the PTHS, the state of South Carolina and the U.S. He asked one of the school’s parents to lead the prayer, because “he gets nervous,” he said. Harris said he is active in football and is enjoying math this year. He is in Charisse Dixon’s class and he wants to be a preacher when he grows up.

When asked why he wanted to host “See You at the Pole,” Harris said, “My brother does it, so I thought it would be nice to do it at our school.”

PTHS Principal Melissa Royalty said events like “See You at the Pole,” are usually held on the high school level and sometimes even on the middle school level. Jacob introduced the event and asked students if there was anything they wanted to say thanks for. One girl said the military, which was especially heart-warming for Royalty, whose son is currently deployed. Royalty said PTHS students often send her son care packages.

Since Thanksgiving was drawing near, Royalty thought, Nov. 26 was a good time to host the event, as students had that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving.

A student who attended “See You at the Pole” told Royalty she would like to do a similar event before testing in March. As long as the event is student-led, then PTHS staff can continue to accommodate, she said. The school sent out permission forms to make sure it didn’t infringe on others’ rights. Jacob wrote the letter parents had to sign for their students to participate, asked a parent to lead the prayer and invited local church leaders to attend the event. Some church leaders who participated, didn’t even have students attending PTHS. Jacob said he started working on “See You at the Pole” in September.

“I’m proud of his leadership; we are growing leaders here,” Royalty said. “All students at all levels can choose to be leaders and a third-grader took initiative. All students have ideas about how we can grow our school. I like supporting their ideas, and goals to improve our community.”

Royalty said PTHS will support any positive initiatives by students.

“PTHS is planting the seeds and allowing students to see the harvest,” she said.

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