Block party goers hope to end violence against kids

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– A local group puts on it’s annual block party, in an effort to end violence that affects kids.

For seven years, the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV), along with the Community-Police Council, and the Dayton Human Relations Council has hosted the summer Rock the Block party series.

Saturday, August 2, people gathered at Westwood Elementary School for activities, food and music.

Organizers said it’s all with the intentions of creating safer communities and building better relationships with police.

“It’s good to spread the word out because there’s so many people dying from gun violence right now,” said Joseph Lewis.

The kids get a chance to talk to sheriff’s deputies, breaking down barriers and learning the important lesson that violence is not the answer.

“We need to now nurture our young people and bring our young people together to let them know the police officers and the sheriff’s are not their enemies,” said Patricia Rickman, with CIRVG.

The group is planning another block party Saturday, August 9 in the 7500 of Bronson Street.

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