2010-09-17 / Community

Sign Up Now For PAL After School Programs

The Police Athletic League (PAL) kicked off its After School Programs in Queens on September 8 at PAL’s Beacon sites and on September 13 at PAL’s Centers.

Homework help, basketball, dance class, poetry sessions and computer research on the Theme of the Month are all activities that a child experiences during a typical week at PAL’s After School Programs. From September through June, After School Programs at the PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon at Goldie Maple Academy and PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone in Arverne-Far Rockaway provide a supervised environment for children filled with fun, excitement, learning and camaraderie. Mondays through Fridays, from when school dismisses until 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.

During PAL’s After School Program, children rotate through PAL SMARTS, PAL ARTS, and PAL FIT, the academic, arts and recreation and wellness programming, as part of their weekly routine.

In PAL SMARTS, daily homework help is provided and young people have the opportunity to expand their academic knowledge through poetry readings, storytelling, word games, spelling bees and research on the center’s Theme of the Month that ranges from caring for the environment to historical events.

Twice a week, children choose to participate in their favorite PAL ARTS activities, including drawing, painting, dance, drama and creative writing, to enhance their self-expression and expand their cultural awareness.

PAL FIT’s programming allows young participants to take part in fitness and recreation activities such as basketball, ping pong, and nutrition education, including how to choose the right foods. Additionally, children have the chance to participate in a variety of clubs that range from Junior Police to 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. A $50 application fee may apply depending on the center.

PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon is located at Goldie Maple Academy on 365 Beach 57 Street in Arverne. The phone number is 718-634-4305.

PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone is located at 1544 Hassock Street in Far Rockaway. The phone number is 718-471- 0360.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first, largest and finest civilian-run PAL in the country, according to a spokesperson. Founded in 1914, PAL has served New York City’s young people for 96 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to more than 56,000 boys and girls annually.

It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization, says the spokesperson.

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