National Night Out Ready Rain or Shine

| October 3, 2017

National Night Out draws about 2,000 to the courtyard each year.

By Nalah Taylor |

 At 4:15 the final bell rings, signaling for everyone to go home. But unlike every other day, something (almost magical), happens to the courtyard. The once empty space is transformed into a family-friendly event. Over 15 school clubs set up their booths with various amounts of information, for prospective students. Inflatables are blown up, and food is set out. Ready for the crowd, any minute now. With an estimated turnout of around 2,000- 2,200 people, a lot of planning and manpower is required.

      To ensure that the event happens smoothly, family specialist, Francisco Martinez, starts his planning around June. Martinez takes everything into consideration, from every bouncy house, to every morsel of food consumed.

“We start cooking two days in advance,” culinary teacher Karen Coleman said,  to prepare for the massive crowd.

Another great feature to look out for is the many inflatables and games. While you are looking at the plethora of school clubs and organizations, your siblings and/or children can go and play to their heart’s content. Or maybe you’re a child at heart and ought to join them.

     Another element of entertainment is a performance by the JROTC Riderettes and San Juan Guard. Watch them go through their drills with the utmost grace and confidence.

“Both teams put in extra practice for National Night Out,” Sergeant Johnson said.

And with hundreds of eyes watching them, it can be stressful.

“Cheering from the audience motivates me to perform to the best of my ability,” Riderette Liliana Castaneda said.

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