Wednesday, August 5, 2009

National Night Out Eastown

In case you're unfamiliar, National Night Out is... (text taken directly from website...)

It's America's Night Out Against Crime!

The "26th Annual National Night Out" (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (Texas will celebrate on October 6th, 2009). We cordially invite you and your community to be a part of our NIGHT OUT 2009 team.

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2008.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods 'celebrate' NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:
  • block parties,
  • cookouts,
  • visits from local police and sheriff departments
  • parades, exhibits,
  • flashlight walks,
  • contests, and
  • youth programs.

NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from NNO will most certainly extend well beyond the one night.


Travis and I serve as block captains for our neighborhood, and are active in the Eastown Community Association. We're members of the Public Safety Committee, and helped plan our local National Night Event.

It was kind of a last minute deal, and a smallish event, but we had free hotdogs and ice cream, a smoke house, the American Red Cross, Grand Rapids Police Department with cars, a SWAT vehicle, and K9 team, a fire truck, free bike helmets and school supplies, kids activities, and more.

Travis and I manned one of the kids tables - complete with coloring, sidewalk chalk, and free balloons and tattoos.

This is a silly picture - but it's my favorite from the night!

Yup, I made those signs...

You know I love me some sidewalk chalk...

Naturally I had to get into the spirit and proudly sport a NNO tattoo!

Although I've been feeling under the weather, it was great fun to get out into the community and work on an event that's all about engaging our Eastown youth! I've already got all kinds of ideas churning for next year's event! : )

PS) Want to keep up with how the kittens are doing? Head over HERE!

1 comment:

AVinNYC said...

Wow- what fun! I bet you guys are GREAT captains!!