By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – Mt. Nebo CME Church members and neighbors gathered at the Baldwyn church Saturday to talk about crime prevention and celebrate community.
Kids and adults alike were laughing, dancing and munching on cotton candy.
The Church’s National Night Out celebration brought city officials, school officials, church members and law enforcement officials together to set a positive outlook for the approaching school year.
Mt. Nebo’s new pastor, Johnathan Bass, thanked the community for braving the heat.
“I know it’s hot but it beats watching the 5 o’clock news with our children being incarcerated,” Bass said. “You have a decision in your hands which way you will go. As we get ready to go back to school, it’s the time to make your decision.”
The National Night Out program’s goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar was on hand getting to know community members and talking about drug awareness.
“Of course I’m from Baldwyn so I think this is a great opportunity for public officials and other people to meet the kids and adults as well,” Tolar said. “It’s getting close to going back to school and we’re here to provide these kids with some meaningful activities and be a positive role model for their life.”
The program was more than speeches from church and law enforcement officials. The Partlow Drummers and dance team performed between speakers.
Paris Vaughn, 7, was getting a temporary tattoo of a butterfly while her brother played drums. She’s getting ready to go into the second grade at Pontotoc Elementary School.
Javeon Scales, 8, is also getting ready to enter the second grade, at New Albany, and he said he showed up to have a good time before school started. He isn’t excited about school starting.