We all look forward to this day of the week. I worked with an enthusiastic young lady who would come into the office on Thursday and announce, “Happy Friday Eve!” to everyone. I always smiled at her optimism.
In the Ohio Valley, Friday nights mean football. Football involves more than just the players on the field. The band students have practiced all summer perfecting their sound as well as their field formations. The Cheerleaders have gone to tumbling, dance and team rehearsals practicing their routines. Most importantly the hours of time devoted by adults, who are active in the booster organizations, concession stand committees, field and equipment crews, carpooling extraordinaire. Our neighborhood schools are rooted in their commitment to these young people. Often, these volunteers don’t have children involved anymore, they love the sense of school pride these events bring to each community.
School pride goes deep into the soul and is passed down through generations. When looking for that perfect neighborhood, schools are at the top of the list. We are fortunate in the valley to have several institutions of higher learning within driving distance, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Eastern Gateway Community College, West Virginia Northern Community College, and Wheeling Jesuit University, to name a few. Our area schools consistently rank among the best schools in the state of Ohio. Several area schools in conjunction with EGCC and FUS are completing college courses while in high school giving them a competitive edge when they enter universities after graduation.
Recently, downtown Fourth Street in Steubenville comes alive with music, food vendors and artisans displaying their talents on the first Friday of the month. An ambitious and creative group of young people, The Harmonium Project, comprised of local young adults and students from the Franciscan University of Steubenville envisioned the street coming alive with the community coming together celebrating family and friendship. Their purpose as stated on their Facebook page, “The purpose of First Fridays is to simulate a "happening downtown" - with shops open late, live music, local food, family-friendly activities, and a significant spotlight on arts and culture.” To this end, they have been successful. Friday, October 5th. For more information visit their Facebook page First Fridays on Fourth.