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Umaymah A Rashid
Jul 28, 2011

Fresno State Students Kick-Off Revitalization Efforts with National Night Out Block Party

Jul 28, 2011 by Umaymah A Rashid

Fresno State student leaders will host a National Night Out block party on Tuesday, August 2 through the newly formed student Neighborhood Watch groups in an attempt to bring together the community surrounding Fresno State.

National Night Out is part of a nationwide initiative to bring communities together on the first Tuesday in August of each year. Fresno State students hope to bring the community together for food, activities and safety information. This will be a family event with many student and community organizations hosting activities for the local youth.

The "28th Annual National Night Out" (NNO) is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and 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.

The event is being organized through joint efforts of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council, Division of Student Affairs, and the City of Fresno.

Fresno State students recently formed two Fresno State neighborhood watch groups which allows them to formally participate in National Night Out. The two newly formed groups are the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic group led by student captains Robert Haney and Melissa Ellis, respectively.

“Robert and I look forward to seeing a positive change in the Fresno State and Greek community in regards to public safety”. Ellis said. “We will be working alongside campus Police and the ASI council to help enrich the college experience for students living on and off campus as well as enhance the lives of community members at large”.

National Night Out 2011, for the El Dorado Park community will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church of Fresno at 1343 East Barstow Avenue from 5-9 p.m.