Despite the cloudy weather the Old Courthouse lawn in Eutaw was filled with parents, students, family members, police officers and teachers as the community came together to celebrate the 10th National Night Out and Back-to-School Rally, held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
The local National Night Out was organized to promote community awareness to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and local communities. Officer Rev. Kendrick Howell served as guest speaker. Siegfried Williams served as Master of Order. Greensboro Praise Team graced the audience with a performances. On hand to greet the audience were: Greene County Superintendent, Dr. James Carter; Mayor of Eutaw Hattie Edwards; Judge Lillie Osborne, Children’s Policy Council President; Juvenile Officer, Deshayla Steele and Parent Involvement Facilitator, Debra Waiters. Rev. Joe Webb, Supervisor of Transportation, stated that if parents had any question regarding their child’s bus or route, they should contact him.
Numerous booths were in place to distribute back to school supplies, food and safety literature. The Children’s Policy Council provided book bags with school supplies for the children, The CPC also provided free snacks of hotdogs, chips and water. The City of Eutaw staff also provided hot dogs to the gathering.
The popcorn giveaway booth provided a space for parents to sign up for their children’s school PTA.
Parents were asked to pickup back packs at the courthouse at the end of the event. These were distributed by the Children’s Policy Council.
The Thomas Summerville Foundation, a bingo charity with Rivers Edge Bingo, donated $1,000 to the Eutaw Police Department.
The dual event was presented by the City of Eutaw Police Department and the Greene County Children’s Policy Council (CPC).