2011-12-02 / Sports

PAL Announces Afterschool Program For Kids, Teens

The Police Athletic League (PAL) has kicked off its PAL Afterschool Programs. Homework help, basketball, dance class, poetry sessions and computer research are all activities that a child experiences during a typical week at PAL’s Afterschool Programs.

From now until June, the program at the PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon at Goldie Maple Academy and the PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone in Arverne-Far Rockaway provides a supervised environment for children that is filled with fun, excitement, learning and camaraderie.

The program will take place Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m. (when school is dismissed) until 6 p.m. PAL Centers are filled with youngsters in first through eighth grades taking part in the multiple opportunities available through the Afterschool Programs.

The Goldie Maple Beacon Community Center provides youth, teens and adults with a broad array of activities. The after school operates on a daily basis for students from kindergarten to middle school. Art, dance, homework assistance, Judo and team sports are just a few of the activities from which students can benefit.

During the early evening, middle school students and teens can study, play games on the X-Box or Wii, participate in open gym or just chill and relax with friends. All participants get expert instruction from trained athletic coaches and dance professionals. In addition, intensive sessions in the disciplines of dance, Judo, basketball and mixed martial arts are available for students and adults.

The Redfern Cornerstone offers the opportunity for children to rotate through PAL SMARTS, PAL ARTS, and PAL FIT, the academics, arts and recreation, and wellness programming, as part of their weekly routine.

Both Goldie Maple and Redfern offer the PAL Evening Teen Center. It will offer opportunities for youth between the ages of 14 and 19 to engage in sports and recreation, prevention education, life skills, rap sessions and one-onone positive peer and adult relationships, within a Safe Haven.

It will take place at PAL’s Far Rockaway Beacon at Goldie Maple Academy, 365 Beach 57 Street in Arverne. Call 718-634-4305 for more information.

The PAL’s Redfern Cornerstone is located at 1544 Hassock Street in Far Rockaway at 718-471-0360. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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