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On Friday nights following the final buzzer or the referee’s end-of-game whistle in Flora you’ll likely find most teenagers well-chaperoned at the Community Youth Center, happily and heartily enjoying post-game snacks, treats and soft drinks as part of the center’s “Fifth Quarter” program. A grant from the Carroll County Community Foundation for the 2019-20 school year helped the center plan and prepare its budget for this new Friday night tradition for area high school students and friends. (The event follows the Carroll County sports schedule, but is open to surrounding students.)
What makes Fifth Quarter special is more than just the snacks. The evening is designed to be an immersive social experience (and not the kind that is an app on a smartphone). What parent wouldn’t approve of their teen spending a Friday night chatting with the hardware store manager or volunteer firefighter or getting the chance to rub elbows with the local drag-racing car hero. Is your thoughtful teen not sure about college but loves to fix things? Maybe learning about apprenticeship training with an area welder or other skilled tradesperson may be a better option, and Fifth Quarter can provide the access.
The program was just getting started in the fall of 2019, and sadly was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. But even in its shortened time it appears to have made an impact. Stop by the Community Youth Center when the activities resume and prepare to be impressed by the atmosphere. With the help of the Community Foundation grant and through their support of Fifth Quarter, the leaders of Flora today are doing their part to find and encourage Flora’s future leaders on Friday nights.