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By Isabel Rodriguez
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Lyle National Night Out fun and helpful

 

August 14, 2019

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MUSIC OF ALL KINDS: At last week's National Night Out in Lyle, there was music galore, including live entertainment and karaoke

National Night Out and Klickitat Lyle Against Substance Abuse Coalition (KLASAC) partnered with local law enforcement agencies and the community for a fun night out at Lyle Park.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community and law enforcement event held the first Tuesday of August. This event has been around since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The event is meant to generate support and bring awareness to law enforcement efforts on anti-drug and anti-crime issues while encouraging community involvement.

The first NNO covering 23 states had over 2.5 million involved residents and by 2016 those numbers jumped to 38 million residents being involved in over 16,000 counties across the United States.

This year in Lyle, the NNO event is hosted by KLASAC, a substance abuse prevention organization covering the Klickitat and Lyle areas. KLASAC was established in 2013 through the relentless efforts of community members to address the high rate of drug use by underage youth in the area. Along with KLASAC is TADAA, (Teens Against Drug And Alcohol Abuse) a group of 50 teens from the Klickitat/Lyle Middle and High Schools that are heavily involved with fellow teens and participate in ant-drug/crime prevention events as volunteers and mentors. KLASAC also has help from one full-time coordinator and one part-time Prevention/Intervention Specialists in each school district.

With activities, food and musical entertainment via Karaoke, this was the place to be. KLASAC Coordinator, Sheila Crapper states, "Inter-Tribal kicked off the Karaoke, Klickitat Sheriff's Office joined in along with the State Patrol and other community members. The evening continued past 8 p.m. as people kept wanting to participate in Karaoke and enjoyed visiting." Over 160 attended the NNO in Lyle Park and over 23 groups with countless volunteers came to join in on the fun.

 

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