National Night Out
National Night Out 2012 has come and gone. Check back here in June 2013 for information on next year's NNO in Kent!
What is National Night Out?
National Night Out (NNO) is a time for neighbors to get together and "Give Crime a Going Away Party." It is also a great way to get know your neighbors!
Where Do I Start?
Think about what kind of event will work for you and your neighborhood. Are there a lot of kids in the neighborhood? Who is your target audience? Examples of past events: barbecues, potlucks, appetizers, desserts, ice cream socials, baked potato bars, cookies and milk, pie eating contests, water fights, yard sales, tricycle races, cleaning up graffiti, parading though the neighborhood, games, crafts, mini-carnival, or simply set up tables and chairs for people to just visit. The options are endless.
- Line up helpers so that you can divide up the work. Determine the best place in your neighborhood to have the event and then identify start and end times for your event. Typical events run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
- Make a list of everything needed for your event such as tents, tables, chairs, plates, silverware, and napkins. Of course, your list may be a bit different depending your activity.
- Designate a photographer! Everyone will love to have pictures of the event afterwards and we use photos for the NNO award application. Photos can be emailed to email@example.com.
- Create invitations or use this online version! Send via email or hand-deliver them. Give your neighbors plenty of notice by sending the invitations out early. Send reminders two weeks before and then a week before. Post flyers or make phone calls!
- On National Night Out, have someone pick up giveaways - locations TBD.
- Have name tags for everyone. It is easier to break the ice with a name.
- Make visiting teams feel welcome. And, make sure you invite them to have some food. Visiting teams can consist of city officials such as the mayor and city council members, police officers, fire fighters, and other city employees.
- Even if you are not sure about what to do for this year's event, you may still register! Need More Information? Contact the Kent Police Community Education Unit, 253-856-5851 or e-mail.