NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT/ SOFIA GARCIA

LAST YEAR I STARTED WORKING AT FREMONT POOL IN OAKLAND, CA; TEACHING SWIMMING LESSONS AS WELL AS MEMBER OF THE SWIM TEAM. ONE THING THAT I REALLY LIKE ABOUT THIS POOL IS THAT THEY HOSTED A NATIONAL NIGHT OUT FOR 3 YEARS IN A ROW. IT’ S A LOT OF FUN AND GIVES THE COMMUNITY A CHANCE TO COME TOGETHER AND MINGLE. TUESDAY AUGUST 5 WAS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, WHICH IS A BLOCK PARTY ACROSS THE COUNTRY ALLOWING NEIGHBORHOODS TO COME TOGETHER AND ORGANIZE A NIGHT OF FUN AND SAFETY FOR THE COMMUNTIY, FREE FROM CRIME AND DRUGS. THE GOAL OF NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS TO HAVE A NIGHT WITHOUT CRIME. SOME OTHER GOALS OF THIS EVENT IS TO BRING PREVENTION AND AWARENESS ABOUT CRIME AND DRUG ACTION AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND GENERATE SUPPORT FOR PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL ANTICRIME GROUPS. SOME THINGS THAT NEIGHBORHOODS ORGANIZED ARE BLOCK PARTIES, COOK OUTS, VISITS FROM LOCAL POLICE AND SHERIFF DEPARTMENTS, PARADES, EXHIBITS, FLASHLIGHT WALKS, CONTESTS, AND YOUTH PROGRAMS. THESE EVENTS WERE FREE AND OPEN TO ANYONE. POOLS AND BOAT RENTALS WERE ALSO OPEN LATE. AT FREMONT WHICH IS IN EAST OAKLAND AND DEFREMERY POOL WHICH IS LOCATED IN WEST OAKLAND, THERE WAS FREE FOOD AND GAMES FOR THE NEIGHBORHOODS TO COME OUT AND PLAY IN A SAFE ENVIORNMENT. IT IS ALSO A CHANCE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER AND HAVE FUN.

FOR YOUTH RADIO I’M SOFIA GARCIA. YOU CAN LISTEN TO THIS COMMENTARY AND MORE AT WWW.YOUTHRADIO.ORG.

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