HUBER HEIGHTS — After an absence of several years in Huber Heights, National Night Out will be celebrated as three block parties, rather than at just one location.
According to Public Affairs Officer Ed Savard, people in the community as well as Neighborhood Watch members, will host a block party and plan activities at three elementary schools from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
Savard indicated that those who live in the southern portion of the city, National Night Out will be held at Wright Brothers Elementary, located at 5758 Harshmanville Rd. For those of who live in the central part of the city, the location will be at Monticello Elementary, located at 6523 Alter Rd. And lastly, for those of you who live in the northern part of the city, National Night Out will be at Charles Huber Elementary, located at 8895 Emeraldgate Dr.
Savard said there would be a caravan of vehicles from the Police Division, the Fire Division and the Public Works Division that will travel to each location to interact with the participants for 45 minutes. He indicated that children will be able to play on the trucks and look at the equipment. The caravan will be at Wright Brothers Elementary at 6 p.m., at Monticello at 7 p.m. and at Charles Huber at 8 p.m.
“Our goal is to promote community interaction and to promote our emergency services personnel that serve the members of the community and to spend time with them and meet with them in their neighborhoods,” said Savard. “In the past, National Night Out was at one central location.”
The idea to further personalize National Night Out in neighborhoods is something that the city of Dayton does. Savard, who became the Public Affairs Officer in January, talked with the Dayton Police Department and the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association and other agencies about ideas to revive National Night Out in Huber.
“It seemed like a great idea to try to meet with people in their neighborhoods,” said Savard, who expressed his appreciation to the Huber Heights City Schools for granting them permission to hold the events at the schools.
“We’re hoping everybody’s involved and we’re trying to make it a good time,” added Savard. “We want to make it a very personal interaction with them and we’re going to try to do this every year…If there’s more interest for it next year, if we have to use more schools, we will.”
For more information concerning National Night Out, Officer Savard can be reached at (937) 237-3567, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.Greg Smart may be reached at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com.