STUDENTS PLAN 'NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME' EVENT

July 31, 2003 –– St. John will observe the territory's Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 7 with an event in Cruz Bay Park that has been organized by the St. John Community Foundation and planned largely by students.
The program is set for 6 to 9 p.m., and St. John residents are asked to put their porch lights on during those same hours on Aug. 7 in support of the Night Out Against Crime.
Julius E. Sprauve School students have "made all the decisions" about the program, Carole DeSenne, community foundation executive director, said.
There will be a dance for young people and their families in an alcohol- and drug-free environment that will include a dance contest with prizes. There'll also be face painting, a drawing for other prizes, and free hot dogs, sodas, cotton candy, popcorn and fresh fruit provided by the JESS Family Career and Community Leaders of America.
Representatives of local agencies that provide youth services will be on hand to distribute information, and police officers will mix and mingle with youths and their families so they can get to know one another. The officers also will be giving away flashlights, jewelry and teddy bears.
Prizes for the drawing and dance contest will include a television set; getaways at Caneel Bay Resort, the Westin Resort and other hotels; a portable telephone, portable CD players and calculators; assorted patriotic-themed items; and gift certificates from St. John restaurants and shops.
Everyone who registers at the event will get a free ticket for the drawing, DeSenne said, and the prizes will be divided into adult and student categories so each group gets a fair shot at taking home winnings they'll appreciate.
Night Out Against Crime is being observed this year in nearly 10,000 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and U.S. military bases. It's expected that more than 53 million people will participate in the planned events.
The program's purposes are to heighten community awareness about drug, crime and violence prevention; generate participation in and support for local anti-crime efforts; strengthen relations among businesses, police and the community; and get the word out to criminals that crime and drugs will not be tolerated.
"We strongly believe that with everyone's continued support of Night Out that drugs, crimes and violence will be reduced in the Virgin Islands," said Flemon J. Lewis, who chairs the territory's Night Out Against Crime program.
On St. John, the Sprauve School student committee members are La'neisha Abraham, Gemma Ashly, Kalani Ashly, Alberic Brooks Jr., Maria Cecilia Burkett, Sinead Burkett, Zandra Ferguson, Nahim Jolly, Leonard Liburd, Lawrence Powell, Troy Powell and Clyde Vanterpool Jr.
The St. John Community Foundation committee members are DeSenne, Elmo Rabsatt Sr., Kenneth Rawlins, Dean Thomas and Susan Wolterbeek.

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