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Youth Council NAACP to host National Night Out in Huntington


The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — This is the first year for the event, which will be held at the Marie Redd Center and YMCA parking lot at 18th Street and Artisan Avenue from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight.

The by-youth-for-youth function will include music, food, fun, fellowship, crafts and games. Florence A. Plante, who is the Huntington Youth Council Advisor and WV State NAACP Secretary, likened it to a block party.

“It’s a chance for the kids to get together,” Plante said. The event also serves to celebrate a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and bringing communities together.

“We have the presence of the substance abuse, so we wanted to do something positive,” Plante said. The event shows support for the Huntington Police Department in addition to providing a night of entertainment for local youth.

The Huntington Youth Council also hopes to establish a committee to organize a larger community-partnered activity next year.

Plante said that most of the group’s activities are educational. Over the year, the group organizes projects such as putting together stockings for charity at Christmas, promoting scholarships and increasing voter registration. They are also active in contacting senators and local representatives on issues that members feel strongly about.

For more information on the Huntington Youth Council NAACP, visit its Facebook page.

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