On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus celebrated National Night Out with their 2nd annual Day of Peace event. The event made its debut last year when music business and media business students at the campus decided they wanted to have a peaceful celebration in light of the violence that had been occurring in surrounding cities. Because of its success last year, staff and faculty unanimously decided to hold it again.
From 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., students, staff, family, friends, and members of the community had the opportunity to stop by the campus to enjoy free food, music, a bounce house, and a dunk tank. Michelle Barsness, community manager, and Andrew Kagol, director of career services, spent the day being dunked to raise donations for CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Program), a local organization in Brooklyn Center. Participants could donate money or nonperishable food items in exchange for balls to throw.
When evening arrived, the campus was visited by the local Sun Post newspaper and members of the fire department, police department, sheriff’s office, city council, and Target. Commander Brian Peters of the police department’s Community Services division spoke to the crowd about the importance of getting to know the people in your community and how important collaboration with the community is when trying to keep crime rates down.
Kelly O’Brien, director of admissions, said, “I thought that this was a great celebration for the campus and community! I was excited to see the police and firefighter presence on campus for the event; it really shows how connected the community is and how it takes everyone in it to make a difference!”
Diana Igo, campus director, commented, “Our 2nd annual Day of Peace event was a success! It was great to see representation from city officials and other local organizations, such as the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce. The bounce house and dunk tank were a hit, providing much laughter and excitement from our students’ children and the general public.”
Even though the event had to be cut short due to incoming storms, all who attended had a great time. Thank you to everyone who visited, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!