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National Night Out a Success

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez


Lara heard about the festivities from her daughters, Karina and Sonia Puentes, both students at TSTC.

The event was sponsored by TSTC Campus Police and brought together community and local law enforcement agencies for a night of family fun and to raise awareness of the services provided to the community by these agencies.

"I saw a flyer on campus and showed it to my mom," said Karina, a student in the Dental Assistant Program. "We came to Oktoberfest last year here at TSTC and we knew this would be a fun event too."

Free food and drinks were provided to those in attendance. Several moon jumps were available for the children and pastries, gift cards and bicycles were given away through raffles and a cake walk.

But for Lara it was more than just fun and games.

"It's very important to keep the community informed," Lara said. "I picked up a lot of useful information here that will come in handy in the future."

TSTC PD Sergeant Gloria Ruiz said there were five different law enforcement agencies in attendance, including EMS and the Harlingen Fire Department.

Ruiz said the last National Night Out event took place in 2009 but this one ranked among the most successful.

"I'd say that at one point we had about 350 people," Ruiz said. "This is the best one yet."

Ruiz credited the cooperation of TSTC administration, faculty and staff for helping fund the event by providing the food, drinks and prizes for the raffle. 

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