Atlanta Technical College to Join the Mayor’s Office of Weed & Seed and Community Organizations for National Night Out
ATLANTA, GA - On Tuesday, August 3rd, Atlanta Technical College, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Weed & Seed and nearly a dozen community organizations will gather in John F. Kenney Park to observe the “27th Annual National Night Out“ (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Mayor’s Office of Weed and Seed, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 36 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.
Locally, the Mayor’s Office of Weed & Seed will be hosting National Night Out at John F. Kennedy Park located at 225 Chestnut St/Orr St. NW, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be games and activities for the kids, food and drinks, music, giveaways, and more. Atlanta Technical College will be on hand to provide residents with information on educational and career opportunities at the college and distribute drawstring backpacks to the children in attendance. The Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males (AIM) will share information on the workshops and services they provide to high school aged and adult males. All giveaways and activities will be provided free of charge. The public is encouraged to attend.
National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
On August 3rd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.
Other civic and community groups participating in the Weed & Seed event include: City of Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire and Rescue, English Avenue Neighborhood Association, Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, The Organized Neighborhoods of Summerhill, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Raising Expectations and the neighborhoods of Vine City, Peoplestown, Historic Adair Park and Mechanicsville.