Students Participate in National Neighborhood Day
September 14, 2012
ALLIANCE, Ohio — For nearly 30 years, the First Immanuel Church of Christ in Alliance has hosted a picnic in honor of National Neighborhood Day.
The event, which is co-sponsored by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union, First Immanuel Church of Christ and Alliance First Friends Church, included many options for families.
The Regula Center facilitated Play-Doh, tie-dying, rock painting, beading and a variety of other children’s activities with more than 20 Mount Union students assisting throughout the day.
Families also had the opportunity to learn about turtles and freshwater ponds from Bonnie Twaddle, community outreach coordinator at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. KCB Express also offered train rides to the children and anyone else interested and Rodman Public Library was in attendance with the bookmobile.
The Rev. Neal Mann, pastor of First Immanuel UCC, puts a great deal of effort into the event and plans for 500 attendees annually. The Alliance Fire Station hosted an open house at its main station on East Broadway Street. The John Hampu band performed throughout the afternoon for the fifth year in a row.
“Participating in this event is always something we look forward to,” said Abby Honaker, assistant director in the Regula Center. “Seeing the excitement on the faces of the families and our students is a reminder of the impact events like this have on our community.”