Florence “First Priority” students gather to pray for a united country

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FLORENCE, Ala. - Students and administrators across the valley gathered around campus flag poles Wednesday morning before classes began. “See You at The Pole” 2016 was observed at school campuses across the country.

As the sun rose Wednesday, the American flag in front of Florence High School was the first object to be illuminated. With dew still on the ground, students began to encircle “Old Glory”.

092816-see-you-at-the-poleThe Florence Freshmen Center’s First Priority Club organized the schools “See You at The Pole” event.

“It’s very important, especially with what’s happening today. It’s very important that we come and pray for support and protection,” explained group co-founder and Florence freshman Madison Motton.

While in eighth grade, Madison Motton and several other students organized a First Priority group. They formed the chapter to keep God and prayer in their school.

“First Priority is a God driven group, so I think we need prayer back,” said Motton. “We try and pray as much as possible in the school. We try and keep prayer involved in whatever we do.”

Holding hands, dozens of students gathered to pray for classmates, administrators, the community and the country.

“It’s very important, especially for teenagers. Because we all kind of feel like we are alone and that we are not like each other or we are all just different. But it’s important to feel like you have someone else in your corner,” stated Julia Harrison, a member of First Priority.

A group committed to making their school, community and country and better place.

First Priority is a non-profit organization first formed in Texas. According to their website, the groups goal is to unite the local body of Christ to influence middle and high school students across the country.