Weather, perhaps, kept some from enjoying Cheraw’s National Night Out on the evening of Oct.2. The crowd was not as big as it has been in years past. The events, originally planned for Centennial Park, were moved indoors to the Cheraw Community Center due to the threat of afternoon rain storms and showers.
Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks praised the families in attendance. “Those of you who are here tonight are the kind of parents who are attentive to the needs of children and the community. Most of you probably have your children home at night, feed, bathed and ready for bed by 9 p.m. And we thank you for that,” he said.
Brooks pointed to various leaders of the community from the police department, the fire department, the mayor and council, and said, “Many of the people in this room work their entire lives to help the children of this community to do the right thing.” He also encouraged the children to heed the words of wisdom he was given as a child when trying to decide what to do in given situations. “Ask yourself,” Brooks said, “what would grandma say?”
National Night Out is a coordinated event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and the police-community partnership.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.