2010-02-19 / School News

PAL Offers After School Programs

Homework help, basketball, dance class, poetry sessions and computer research on the Theme of the Month are all activities that a Queens child experiences during a typical week at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) After School Programs throughout Queens. From fall through June, After School Programs at PAL’s Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica, PAL’s PS 214 in Flushing, PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon and PAL’s Redfern Center in Arverne- Far Rockaway provide a supervised environment for Queens children filled with fun, excitement, learning and camaraderie. Mondays through Fridays, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., PAL Centers are filled with youngsters in first through eighth grades taking part in the multiple opportunities available through the After School Programs.

“Serving over 2,400 New York City children annually, PAL’s After School Programs offer a wide range of activities for young people that are designed to reinforce school lessons, foster creativity, build positive character traits, encourage teamwork and develop leadership skills,” said PAL’s Executive Director Felix A. Urrutia Jr. “We aim to give children a safe and fun place to go in the afternoons that helps accommodate parents’ child care needs.”

During PAL’s After School Program, children rotate through academic, arts and recreation and wellness programming as part of their weekly routine. After daily homework help, young people expand their academic knowledge through poetry readings, storytelling, word games, spelling bees and research on the center’s Theme of the Month that range from caring for the environment to historical events. Twice a week, children choose to participate in their favorite art programs, including drawing, painting, dance, drama and creative writing, to increase their self-expression and enhance their cultural awareness. The young participants take part in fitness and recreation activities such as basketball, ping pong, and nutrition education on how to choose the right foods. Additionally, children have the chance to participate in a variety of clubs that range from cooking to filmmaking to sign language, depending on their PAL Center during “Club Fridays.”

PAL’s After School Programs have open registration from September to June. The fees for the After School Program vary by center, with the highest cost being $20 for an entire year. For fees and to sign up your child for PAL’s After School Programs in Queens, please contact the center in your area:
PAL’s Edward Byrne Center
116-25 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11434
Phone: 718-978-4655
PAL’s PS 214
31-15 140th Street
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-353-8457
PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon
At Goldie Maple Academy
365 Beach 57th Street
Arverne, NY 11692
Phone: 718-634-4305
PAL’s Redfern Center
1544 Hassock Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Phone: 718-471-0360

The Police Athletic League, founded in 1914, has been serving New York City’s young people for 95 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 56,000 boys and girls annually. It is the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.

For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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