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Harrison City church hosts 'after party' on football nights

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A local church is opening its doors to high school students throughout the region for a free party on Friday nights when Penn-Trafford has a home football game.

The youth ministry at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Harrison City is offering “The After Party” on five nights, starting with Penn-Trafford's home opener at Warrior Stadium on Sept. 5. The church, which is a mile away on Raymaley Road, will open after halftime to give students somewhere free to socialize until midnight.

“We decided to open up the church and offer a safe place and a fun place for kids to go when they're not ready to go home on a Friday night,” said Elisa Esasky, a 1997 Penn-Trafford graduate who is the church's youth ministry director.

The outings will give students a chance to mingle, listen to music from a disc jockey, and enjoy food and drinks. Members of the youth ministry also will circulate to invite students to join in the group's social activities, service projects and Bible studies.

Megan Vareha, a P-T sophomore who is a member of the youth ministry's core team, said the parties offer students a positive atmosphere away from drugs and alcohol. Youth team members spent the summer painting and decorating a room that will feature logos of several local school districts, she said.

“We're going to work on accommodating the other schools to make everybody feel welcome,” Vareha said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2363 or

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