National Night Out welcomed back to SPC in October
September 23, 2018
ST. PHILIP’S COLLEGE HOSTS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018 CO-SPONSORED BY ALAMO COLLEGES POLICE DEPARTMENT AND DENVER HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
St. Philip's College announced this week that the college hosts a National Night Out 2018 event co-sponsored by the Alamo Colleges Police Department and the Denver Heights Neighborhood AssociationOct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. under the twilight at the college’s Center for Learning Resources at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive with complimentary parking and admission for a projected 1,000 families with children for this event.
The 120-year-old college's association with the National Night Out experience runs deep. October of 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the year that St. Philip’s College was honored for its role as host of the 25th Anniversary 2008 San Antonio National Night Out Kickoff. That special event was the college’s contribution to a larger civic program that had recently captured second place nationally for similar programs among cities with 300,000-plus populations. When that announcement was celebrated during the City of San Antonio’s 2008 National Night Out Awards program, college organizers were lauded for outstanding community relations through a four-year National Night Out season kickoff project that convened neighborhood groups citywide in solidarity at the campus. A college organizer observed that "our kickoff event has rejuvenated people in our community to engage in critical thinking about what they can do to protect their neighborhoods. When they get on campus, they find out it’s actually fun."
The unique college kick off program was the largest community-police partnership program of its type on a college campus in the city of San Antonio in the early 2000s. The popular public event fell one day before citywide National Night Out community-police partnership programs that build awareness and encourage critical thinking about police programs among communities. Rankings for the 2008 awards were determined by the National Association for Town Watch, the umbrella organization for National Night Out.
St. Philip’s College stood out as the only college in the city with a National Night Out pre-event in that era.
Today, San Antonio is the nation’s seventh-largest city, and St. Philip’s College remains engaged with its service area though such educational-civic programs as National Night Out. College members are perennial guests at the Denver Height National Night Out and an annual Alamo Colleges Police Department National Night Out event rotates venues among its member institutions. St. Philip’s College’s opportunity to host the district project came in 2018, and college community partner Denver Heights joins with its diverse resources for the occasion. Following the city's 2018 Tricentennial-themed kickoff event on Sept. 29, the Oct. 2 program at the college is one of many 35th anniversary season National Night Out events occurring citywide, as Oct. 2 is the date of most of the Texas events.