What Carrie McCrary likes best about the annual National Night Out event is the chance to meet and reconnect with so many neighbors. In fact, sometimes she even catches up with people who no longer live in her Spencer Creek North neighborhood.
“In past years, we have had neighbors that have moved away from our area return for our block party,” she said.
Carrie is one of the organizers in our community who help put on successful block parties on National Night Out. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, this event is essentially a neighborhood block party where local law enforcement officers stop by to mingle with residents. The event this year will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, in St. Peters.
A sense of community is established between neighbors at these National Night Out events. With the attendance of local officers, the event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, Neighborhood Watch and other anti-crime efforts. When residents and local law enforcement work together, our community becomes a safer, more caring place to live.
With the opportunity to get to know police officers under positive circumstances, the St. Peters Police Department encourages participation and accepts invitations to block parties.
Each year, all residents are encouraged to turn their outside lights on and step outside between 4-8 p.m. to spend some time with their neighbors. Participating neighborhoods will typically have a potluck of some sort along with various activities such as yard games, inflatables and waterslides.
St Peters Mayor Len Pagano said: “National Night Out is a great chance for families and neighbors to get together to share food, plan activities and enjoy each other’s company. The more neighbors get to know each other, the more they can look out for each other and help keep their neighborhood safe.”
Laraine Proctor, organizer for National Night Out at Bellemeade Manor, says her neighborhood has participated in National Night Out for about seven years.
“The residents love getting together and visiting with the City Mayor, Aldermen, the Chief of Police, the (Fire) Chief, and their families as well,” Laraine said. “It’s a great way to get out and show our support for a wonderful City and the wonderful First Responders,” Laraine said.
Barbara Oliver, who has been involved with National Night Out in Braewood for eight years, said it’s nice to have the elected officials, police officers and fire department present. She said a benefit of the event is letting the elected officials know who they are (as residents), and she likes getting to ask them one-on-one questions with their full attention.
Would you like to have a National Night Out block party in your neighborhood? To get involved, call 636-278-2244 or 636-477-6600, ext. 3550, to learn more and to request police visits to your party.