This summer has been one of the best on record for PAL. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, thousands of PAL kids had the opportunity to attend summer day camps, drop in on PAL PLAYSTREETS, stay academically engaged, and make lasting friendships with peers and adult mentors.
We organized 41 PAL PLAYSTREETS throughout New York City, serving more than 5,000 kids. Our free PAL summer camps served about 2,000 campers, ages 6-13 years old. Our kids not only played sports and practiced academic skills but also went on field trips to educational and recreational sites such as the Bronx Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History, Legoland Exploration Center and Rye Playland.
Our special events included Sports Day, Pennant Race, Carnival Day and we concluded PAL’s summer by bringing our campers together at the Bill Rainey Park in the Bronx for PAL Cultural Day. This year’s theme was Indigenous Peoples of the World. It was wonderful to see PAL kids’ presentations on cultures as varied as the Chakma people in Bangladesh to the Bororo people in Brazil.
We are also indebted to the 200 corporate volunteers who gave their time during the summer. We are especially grateful to AIG, Fluent, GAP, Goldman Sachs, Hall Capital Partners LLC, Kepler Group, Morgan Stanley, Nike as well as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for their exceptional leadership.
Starting this month, our PAL kids and staff are ready for another year of learning. Many of our summertime participants will continue to build on their summer friendships and activities in our afterschool program.
This year’s PAL afterschool curriculum focuses on social-emotional learning and extended school-day learning through fun hands-on activities. Of course, their favorite STEM experiments, art projects, and health and wellness activities will be accounted for as well. PAL’s afterschool program will serve nearly 5,300 students in elementary and middle school this year.
As always, we are grateful to all our supporters for making PAL’s programs possible.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL