The Good Neighbor Initiative hosted its annual Neighborhood Night Out and Block Party on Thursday to bring students and local residents together living in Chapel Hill neighborhoods.
The block party featured food from Buns Burgers & Fries and Ben & Jerry’s, a performance by the Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Team and other activities. Over 300 people attended the event, including members of the Chapel Hill Police and Fire Departments and the mayors of both Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
The Good Neighbor Initiative, which began in 2004, was started by the Chapel Hill Police Department after they observed the same houses reported for ordinance related issues, such as loud parties. Originally, police officers visited houses before the start of the school year to have constructive conversations with students and residents about being a good neighbor.
The Good Neighbor Initiative is now sponsored by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement.
“While our office plays a bit of a coordinating role, there are lots of partners in the initiative,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, director of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement.