South Belton hosts block party
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 by Matthew Girard
In hopes of raising neighborhood awareness, the South Belton Neighborhood Watch Program hosted is second annual block party last Saturday at the Country Square Apartments.
With plenty of games, food and live music, South Belton Block Captain Sean Baker said the party was a chance for everyone to get to know each other.
"It's a meet and greet to get everybody out to meet each other," Baker said. "We feel that if you know your neighbor, you are more apt to take care of and look after your neighbor. This is a good way for everybody to get out and meet each other."
Along with the games, food and music, children got the opportunity to pet various farm animals, sit inside an ambulance and ride the Belton Police Department's "train."
"We are just trying to educate the kids," Baker said. "It's a real influential stage for a lot of them and this is the time for them to learn how to safe and how to be aware and how they can help out their community."
National Night Out Miller Heights Coordinator Jennifer Watson said having more than one block party during the year is beneficial for the neighborhood.
"It's important to come together as a neighborhood and build a community, and to make sure everybody stays safe," Watson said.
Prizes were also handed out during the day and children also had the opportunity to jump around in a bouncy house.
Baker said he hopes the children will learn to see uniformed individuals as people that can help them if they are in trouble.
"Hopefully they see them as somebody not to be scared of, but someone they can go to for help," Baker said.
For more information about the South Belton Neighborhood Watch Program, contact Sean Baker at (254) 563-2721.