Heading into Summer with PAL

Dear Friends,

The school year is coming to a close, and while the kids may be celebrating the end of homework, they’ll surely miss coming to PAL at the end of every school day. As one final celebration, our centers will hold showcases of all their favorite activities and give the kids one last chance to enjoy the after-school PAL programs they love. They will also participate in our year-end special events like the Police Commissioner for a Day awards ceremony and activities, and the Junior Police Jamboree.

But, of course, the end of the school year doesn’t mean the end of PAL fun - as afterschool is winding down, our summer programs are ramping up!

PAL is a best friend to nearly 9000 children during the summer months. Thousands of kids drop into Playstreets, play in intramural sports leagues, and attend our summer camps. And this year, with the help of our generous partners and donors, we offer free day camp at all of our Summer Camp Centers.

While our kids are busy playing games and going on field trips, they will also be soaking in the cultures of “Indigenous Peoples of the World” – this year’s summer day camp theme.  The rich academic and cultural themes that are a part of PAL’s summer fun help maintain the campers’ reading and math skills during the summer, making them well equipped for their return to school in September.

We could not be more excited to start our summer programs. From carnivals and sports days, to summer youth employment and cultural celebrations, it is your support that keeps PAL going all year round.

Thank you.


Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL

P.S. Did you spend your childhood summers at PAL? We’d love to hear your summer PAL story if you’re willing to share. Please take our survey or reply to this email with your contact information and a short story of your time at PAL. If you want to support PAL’s summer camp, click here.