An estimated number of one million or more students gathered to pray around the flag pole at their respective schools at 7 AM on Wednesday morning for the annual ‘See You at the Pole’ prayer event.

This year focused on the verses in Psalm 23:3-6, with the theme, ‘We Cry Out,’ and organizers also encouraged students to “find unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week” of September 25 to October 1.

“There are a lot of kids who go to church and do good things for God,” Zane Duke, a 16-year-old student of Leeds High School in Alabama, told “We want to bring other people to faith in Christ. We want to pray for whatever situation they’re in, whatever struggles anyone is going through.”

The prayer event began in 1990 at a school in Texas, and takes place in both public and private schools across the country as well as overseas, including in South Korea, Japan, Canada, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast. Organizers say more than 3 million students participate in the event each year.