Take a night outta crime

National Night Out keeps kids positive

National Night Out keeps kids positive

August 08, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Motivational rapper Sterlen Barr rhymed his anti-crime message to a few hundred people Tuesday at Fairgrounds Park.

His performance was part of National Night Out, a nationwide event that teaches children about safety and promotes positive relationships between the community and police.

"I'm so excited to be here ... To give kids an outlook on positive things they can do in their community to support each other and love each other," Barr said after he finished performing.

He stressed that it was all right for children to trust the police and tell them about trouble in the community.


"(The police) aren't the bad guys," he said.

In addition, Barr warned children about using tobacco, saying more serious vices, including drug use, often start with smoking.

Roughly 25 vendors set up stations to teach safety awareness during the event.

The Humane Society of Washington County told children about the dangers associated with petting wild animals.

On a less serious note, the U.S. Army National Guard painted camouflage on children's faces, and Hagerstown firefighters let kids crawl on ladder trucks.

"I like the firetrucks because they take away fires," said Kiera Wise, 7, of Hagerstown.

Nikita Kimbrough, 11, said she thought National Night Out would have been more fun if it wasn't so hot.

The temperature Tuesday climbed near 100 degrees.

To beat the heat, organizers provided free bottled water and other refreshments.

As a parent, Hagerstown resident Timothy Mitchell said he thought National Night Out was a positive experience.

"It's for the kids to learn about safety ... and making 911 calls," he said. "It's good for the kids to stay safe."

Organizer Carolyn Brooks said the Target retail chain sponsored the event.

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