ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)—On Wednesday, an estimated three million students from the U.S. And 19 other countries could be found at their school flagpoles to pray simultaneously.

The student-led prayer is in its 31st year of existence. At Coppinville Junior High School in Enterprise, a youth minister estimates it drew more than 100 seventh and eighth graders.

See you at the pole has become the student’s own national day of student prayer before the school day

On September 28, the group of young people prayed for the lives of students and teachers, they prayed for their schools, their friends, their leaders, and their country.

With mass shooting atrocities over recent years like Parkland, Florida; Sandy Hook, Connecticut; and Uvalde, Texas. Students behind the annual event say prayer is more important than ever in public schools.