Port Wentworth, GA- People who live in one Port Wentworth neighborhood got to enjoy a different side of the law today. Community and public safety leaders hosted residents in a back to school block party.
It’s not something Port Wentworth neighbors in the Newport neighborhood see that often; police, fire and community watch personnel bringing a party to their street.
“So many children don’t have anything to do and nobody promoting them when they go back to school so this is a way to say hey you are important, these kids are important out here,” says Newport Homeowner’s association chair Debbie Johnson.
The HOA along with Port Wentworth fire and pole took out the whole block bringing Newport neighbors together. The back to school block party in Port Wentworth not only gave kids a fun filled day but also time for neighbors to interact with each other.
“They put the community together with this kind of stuff and we get to know more people, neighbors and it’s really good,” says resident Mariana Gomez.
So what looks like just fun and food is also important interaction between families and the local police, fire, and community watch groups.
“Getting them to trust us is just a matter of being out talking to the people and letting them know things they can do for themselves,” says community watch director John Holland.
The turn out to the party was more than Johnson, Holland and the dozens of volunteers could have hoped for. With that kind of response from the community, they hope to make this back to school block party a continuing event to bring up neighbors and build community relations.
“People were saying that the community doesn’t have any morale, so this was a big morale booster, this was something to bring the community together, know your neighbors, get to know the local police department, get to know the community watch and just have a wonderful time,” Johnson says.