National Night Out getting involved in annual Boys & Girls Clubs event
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:23 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter
By CHRIS MENEES
It’s a party waiting to happen.
This year’s local celebration of National Night Out will give local residents and police plenty of opportunities to give crime and drugs a big send-off.
The Union City Police Department has scheduled several activities for the local observance of the 27th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event — beginning with pre-event support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee’s annual Back to School Bash.
Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said police will be on hand at Friday’s Back to School Bash in Kiwanis Park downtown to conduct an art contest inside the Union City Municipal Building. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of the art competition following judging and police will also award medals to the winners of a basketball shoot-off held Wednesday at the Boys & Girls Club.
The Back to School event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for Boys & Girls Club members as a way to celebrate their participation in the club’s summer programs and to herald the start of the new school year. Games, food and other activities will be included for the youth’s enjoyment.
Boys & Girls Club chief professional officer Ron Green said the Back to School Bash provides an opportunity to give something back to the club participants as they prepare to return to school. The club members will receive school supplies, which Green said will also be helpful to their families during these tough economic times.
The youth will also have an opportunity to mingle with police who will be on hand to support the effort.
“It’s a good way to let the kids know the true role of police to protect and to serve,” Green said. “They can meet the police and see them in a different light.”
Plus, the event will give parents an opportunity to spend quality time with their children as they participate and as the club expresses appreciation to them for “participating in the summer programs and entrusting their children to us,” Green said.
Other NNO events
Union City police will continue their observance of National Night Out — billed as “America’s Night Out Against Crime” — with the presentation of safety programs July 29 at Walmart Supercenter in Union City.
The programs will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include a photo identification and DNA program, the Child Safe safety locks program, a child car seat safety program, an identity theft program and a drug safety program.
Finally, on the actual observance of National Night Out on Aug. 3, police will kick off the day early with a prayer breakfast from 7-8 at St. James Episcopal Church and will close out the day with block parties from 6-10 p.m. throughout Union City.
Applications are currently being accepted for the block parties and, so far, three applications have been submitted, according to Garner.
The first 10 applicants for block parties will each receive National Night Out T-shirts and ball caps. For an application and more information, contact the Union City Police Department at 885-1515.
Published in The Messenger 7.22.10