An Exciting End to Winter Activities
On March 19th, two hundred PAL children and teens enjoyed one last night of winter entertainment at the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena. New and experienced skaters took to the ice to have fun with their friends and PAL officers. They were provided with skates, three hours of ice time, and dinner served by Penn Department of Public Safety officers.
The historic rink quickly filled with laughter as the youngsters played games and skated around the ice. Penn and PAL officers were on hand to give instruction and help guide novice skaters across the arena. Along with Coca-Cola, long-time PAL Board member and Penn Vice President of Public Safety, Maureen Rush organized the opportunity for PAL youngsters to experience a university campus and the positive aspects it brings to the community.
PAL thanks University of Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety and Coca-Cola for providing an engaging and fun-filled event for PAL members and police officers.
View more photos from the event on PAL’s Flickr.
PAL Girls Shopped ‘til They Dropped at Cozen Prom Boutique
On March 10th, Cozen PAL was transformed into one of the largest dress shops in Philadelphia for the 7th annual Cozen Prom Boutique. Nearly 200 girls from PAL’s Positive Images Girls Mentoring Program were rewarded with this free shopping experience for their participation and commitment to PAL’s after-school programming.
For months, PAL supporters have been collecting formal attire, shoes and accessories for this extraordinary event. Efforts were led by event founders Nancy Rounbehler of Cozen O’Connor and Linda Wert from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The event is a great self-esteem builder for the young ladies and truly enhances PAL’s Positive Images program.
Volunteers from Independence Blue Cross’ Blue Crew, Archbishop John Carroll High School, Seer Interactive, Drexel University, and University of Pennsylvania Alpha Phi Omega helped the young ladies find beautiful dresses, accessories, nail polish and shoes for their special night. Each PAL participant received a new makeup and brush kit to complete their formal look.
PAL thanks Nancy, Linda and all volunteers and donors for another successful Cozen Prom Boutique!
See more photos from the event on PAL’s Flickr.
Back-to-Back Nights of Math and Fun for PAL Kids
On February 24th and 25th, nearly 150 young mathematicians from across the City participated in PAL’s annual 24 Math Challenge sponsored by Stradley Ronon. After months of practice, fifth through eighth graders played in a two-night competition where they added, subtracted, multiplied and divided their way to 24.
The 24 Math Challenge is not just a fun head-to-head battle of speed and problem solving – participants practice mental math while also becoming more confident in their abilities as a student. The game is used as a tool in classrooms throughout the country to make math fun for school aged children.
First through fourth place champions in each age group were rewarded with plaques and special gifts. All players received shirts for their courage to compete and dedication to enhancing their math skills. Everyone also enjoyed pizza provided by Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Congratulations to first place winners Aris from Rizzo and Garisha from Cozen PAL centers (5th grade), Mario from Rizzo and Brian from Fairhill PAL centers (6th grade), Igli from Rizzo and Bryan from Fairhill PAL centers (7th grade), and Saron from Logan and Ivan from Fairhill PAL centers (8th grade).
PAL thanks Board Member Mark Dorval and Stradley Ronon for their continued support of such an enriching program.
Check out this awesome video by our friends at the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety.
On President’s Day, 200 PAL kids and teens spent the day at Penn’s historic Palestra, playing basketball and enjoying time with each other and their mentors from the Philadelphia Police Department. The event kicked off PAL’s Fitz Dixon Citywide Basketball Program.
PAL thanks long-time dedicated PAL Board member Maureen Rush from Penn’s Division of Public Safety, and Penn Athletics for helping to keep kids safe, active, and having fun.
View more photos from PAL Day at Penn’s Palestra here!
The Philadelphia 76ers took on the league-leading Golden State Warriors on February 9, and PAL was on hand and well represented for what turned out to be a thrilling PAL Night at the 76ers. Nearly 150 sponsors, supporters, Commissioner’s Club Members and friends of PAL, along with 250 PAL kids, enjoyed the game and participated in the 29th annual event.
The event kicked off with sponsors from Keller Williams and SugarHouse Casino presenting generous gifts in support of PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids” to Deputy Police Commissioner Bethel, PAL Commanding Officer Lt. William Eddis, PAL Board Treasurer Bernie Prazenica, and PAL Executive Director Ted Qualli. Immediately following the ceremony, dozens of excited PAL kids lined the tunnel and greeted the Sixers’ players with high fives as they stormed out onto the court.
PAL’s sponsors, Commissioner’s Club Members, Police Brass and special guests, celebrated the occasion from a suite where they enjoyed mingling and taking in the game.
The evening was capped with a special honor for one very important member of the PAL team. Police Officer Sharon Wells was presented with the Sixers’ Heroes Among Us Award by 76ers legend World B. Free. Officer Wells is in her 25th year of service with the Philadelphia Police Department and is entering her 17th year of being assigned to the PAL Unit. Officer Wells embodies PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids” in her role overseeing the Harrowgate PAL Center. Thanks to PAL officers, like her, girls and boys develop self-esteem as they are mentored to success in academics, athletics, and in life.
PAL thanks the 76ers, all sponsors, friends and guests who made this a wonderful experience for all in attendance.
Slam Dunk! PAL Reading Program an Outstanding Success
Nearly 100 kids and teens from across the City spent weeks discovering new books and revisiting old favorites this winter. To promote literacy and leisure reading outside of school, PAL rewarded participants with a celebration on January 22nd.
To kick off the program, PAL centers received new books to add to their libraries. Each participant was required to read four books, though many avid readers far exceeded that goal. One all-star reader, Ashiyah from Tacony PAL completed 30 books during the six-week program. Due to their literary achievements, the young bookworms were treated to a fun night at a Temple University Men’s Basketball game.
Attendees had dinner with Temple Football players, cheerleaders, dancers and Hooter T. Owl while listening to inspirational messages from PAL Education Committee Chair Athole G. Jacobi, M. D., who encouraged the children to make time for leisure reading every day. Following the reception, PAL youth and officers enjoyed free admission to watch Temple defeat University of South Florida 73 to 48.
PAL thanks Athole G. Jacobi, M. D. for continuing to encourage youngsters’ success through literacy and education.
PAL and William Penn Charter Team Up for Service
On January 19th, PAL kids and teens, officers, and staff members joined approximately 150 William Penn Charter students and their families for a beneficial service experience in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. For weeks leading up to the event, the Penn Charter community collected new school supplies, books, and sports equipment to donate to PAL Homework Clubs and athletic programs.
All volunteers met at Penn Charter for an inspirational lesson about Dr. King and the Birmingham Children’s Crusade of 1963. The empowering discussion inspired volunteers to work hard for the rest of the day.
PAL members and officers made 250 bagged lunches that were given to homeless men at Whosoever Gospel Mission. They also painted a Philadelphia public school with fourth and fifth graders from Penn Charter. Other students sorted and packed the donated items, stuffed bags for PAL’s summer STEM-based camp, and made basketball and baseball keychains as giveaways for PAL’s citywide leagues. PAL children will directly benefit from everyone’s hard work on this special day.
PAL thanks all volunteers for working to make our Philadelphia community a better place.