For the third year in a row, MSB-Rochester planned and executed a flawless National Night Out celebration on August 2nd. The evening’s attractions, including entertainment and food, were planned by the education department, with the execution of the event carried out by a team of staff, faculty and student volunteers who did everything from serving food to running games.
The nearly 4-hour celebration provided a seemingly endless array of food and beverages for the legion of nearly 1,000 Rochester citizens that attended. Volunteers can safely say that most participants came hungry, as evidenced by chewing on some of these stats: 800 hot dogs, 600 nachos, 250 sno-cones, and 210 bags of popcorn were consumed. Watching all of this come together was Samantha Duke, student services coordinator and lead planner of NNO.
“By spending so much time at the front side planning the event, even after doing it for two previous years, it’s easy to question whether or not all of the details are in place. It’s rewarding to see kids running, smiling and having fun. I guess that’s the affirmation we’re looking for as to why we host it and that the details were covered.”
Noteworthy games included two inflatables, Bounce House and Bungee Run, which was topped off with a cool plunge in the dunk tank. For the less adventurous, kids’ tattoos, ring toss and fishing pond games provided the same fun at a slower pace!
One big change from last year included partnering with Cimarron Neighborhood Association, which is just one of a couple dozen Rochester neighborhood associations. The partnership was a welcome addition because of the support provided by Cimarron’s volunteers who distributed NNO flyers within our shared neighborhood.
Rounding out involvement was PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota, a nonprofit supporting individuals with disabilities, which sold tickets for raffling off a 2010 Ford Mustang as an annual fundraiser.
Even though it’s about more than winning an award, we’ll welcome an award for this year’s efforts and be even more welcoming for National Night Out 2012!