Fletcher Technical Community College will host a free community concert and supply distribution Sunday, November 14 at St. Eloi Church, 1335 Bayou Dularge Rd., in Theriot from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is made possible by various community partners and Terrebonne Churches United Foodbank who will be present distributing prepared food boxes for families in need. The distribution will also offer supplies, hot food, and live music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. by Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous! Come pull up a chair to relax and enjoy fellowship during a much-needed time to do so. Don’t have time to come and sit for the event? No worries, there is also a drive-through option for supplies and hot food!
Fletcher Director of Marketing and Communications Misty Leigh McElroy said they will be bringing Fletcher to the community and will have info tables available. McElroy is excited for the event especially for live music because she said live music is one of the things the community hasn’t been able to enjoy due to COVID and now Hurricane Ida, “it’s therapeutic, it helps people, so it gives people a moment to take their mind off of what’s been happening,” she said.
Fletcher Cares is the campus initiative for Hurricane Ida, but McElroy foresees it to extend past the storm as a way to reach out to the community that shows they are trying to help outside the realm of academics. The college has been extending a hand into the community since the beginning of Ida relief efforts and McElroy said it’s been wonderful. The most recent distribution was the STEM Giveaway sponsored by Chevron and she said the kids were so excited for the event. She described the change in the air, high-positive energy, and smiles filled the faces of everyone in attendance. Since the event did take place during the spooky season, she said kids and adults alike were dressed in Halloween costumes. The event allowed the general public to pick up not only STEM kits for the kids, but also school uniforms, hot meals, and school supplies. This is just one example of a community event Fletcher has put on and the November 14 free concert will bring even more smiles to faces down the bayou.
McElroy described Fletcher’s presence in the community using a quote she heard, “Community college is the backbone of communities.” She said it’s what Fletcher is to her because, “We are embedded, these are our people. They need to know they are taken care of and not with just immediate needs, but mental needs. I think that’s important as far as education is concerned; It’s just whatever we can do to relieve any kind of stress at this time.”
For more information about Fletcher or its programs and initiatives, visit www.fletcher.edu.