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The 5th Quarter returns!!!

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By The Staff

5th Quarter is a great activity if you enjoy hanging out with your friends, meeting new friends, eating pizza, and being encouraged to do better.   I’ve attended most of the 5th Quarter gatherings in the past and found them to be a good way to have fun with my friends following a Friday night home basketball game.  There were several activities for Henry County and Eminence high school students to participate in.  Those of us who enjoy playing basketball would divide up into teams and play against one another.  Others who were not into playing basketball took part in other activities such as decorating t-shirts.

Another great thing about 5th Quarter was the food.  There was always plenty of pizza, snacks, and soft drinks to last throughout the evening.  There’s no charge for the food, which made it even better.

In addition to the fun and food, 5th Quarter also offered a time to stop, listen and think.  Midway through the evening we would gather and sit down while Matt Wright would talk to us about things teenagers are faced with on a daily basis.  These sessions meant a great deal to me because we always knew how much Matt cared about us. He would relate to us without preaching at us. Matt was my youth pastor at New Castle Christian Church, the Director of Youth Programs at the Henry County CARE Team and an assistant coach for Henry County High School football and softball teams, but more than that, he was (and still is) our friend!  We all miss him very much!

5th Quarter is a great way for Henry County teens to get together and have a good time.  I’m looking forward to it again this year.

The Henry County CARE Team would like to ask for your support of these very important events. 

First, we always need positive adults to take an active interest in the young people of our community. Chaperoned hours are from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the evening of the event. The events are totally free to the students so we are also in need of donated supplies or monetary donations to help cover the cost of events.  Events include: all-you-can-eat pizza, drinks, cookies, door prize drawings, basketball or volley ball, video games, henna and guest speakers on topics such as harmful substances, responsible decision making, media influences, etc.

For more information, to volunteer or make a donation, please contact Julie Mann at (502) 878-0001 or jmann@hccares.org