Hundreds of kids had a great night at the PAL Back to School event on August 5. A steady stream of families came through the PAL Center to get ready for a new school year. Approximately 200 elementary, 50 middle school and 75 high school students enjoyed pizza, ice cream, games, face painting, and nail painting while getting books from the mobile library, free haircuts, sports physicals, and school supplies.
Recruiters from Academy
Elementary were there to chat with families and high schoolers got to meet with
PAL board member, Coach Bill O’Connor. He was on-hand to help them with post-high
school plans such as college, vocational training or job placement. About 60 volunteers
helped manage the various activities and made sure everyone had a good time and
got what they needed to start school on a positive note. It was a fun, successful
night and we appreciate everyone who made it possible!
benefit Police Athletic League of Kansas City
City, Mo. – The Police Athletic League of
Kansas City is adding a competitive target archery program to
its outreach efforts in the city’s urban core, thanks to a donation of
equipment by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri
Conservation Heritage Foundation. The league’s fishing outings received a boost
with new gear, too, just in time for spring. MDC and partners made the
donations March 16 at the league’s gym and community center, 1801 White Ave.
City police officers staff the gym, and other police officers and community
members volunteer their time to teach sports and values to youngsters. The
league’s complex has athletic fields in addition to the gym. Activities include
sports such as football, soccer, boxing, basketball. They also teach dance,
offer after-school activities and host neighborhood events.
we work with kids with sports, it gets kids comfortable being around police
officers,” said Officer Shawnee Nix.
Skip Cox said the program reaches out to 800 to 1,000 youngsters and their
families. Some are helped through tough situations in their neighborhood such
as poverty or crime. Officers see people with difficult challenges. But they’ve
also had success steering youngsters on to careers or college.
get them to feel safe, that’s what we do here,” Cox said.
competitive target archery based on the Missouri National Archery in Schools
Program (MoNASP) will be worked into the league’s activities. The Missouri Conservation
Heritage Foundation provided funding for bows, arrows, targets, and a target
curtain valued at almost $1,200. An MDC staffer made and donated floor quivers
to hold arrows. The simple compound bows are easy to shoot and MoNASP safety
protocols allow participants of all ages and physical abilities to be
competitive and enjoy success. Target archery is fun and builds self confidence
is going to give our kids something more than athletics to do,” Nix said.
the youngsters are trained, Nix plans to take them to observe and then shoot
with the MoNASP participants at the Nashua Elementary School in the Northland.
also received a donation of fishing rods and reels from the Nathan’s Catch
Foundation. Making the presentation was Russell Giron of Lee’s Summit. His
family started the foundation in honor of his late son who loved the outdoors.
Giron was also present at the donation as a board member for the Missouri
Conservation Heritage Foundation.
to get kids fishing and in the outdoors,” Giron said. “We have a lot of things
in our state that kids can do that are to the advantage for kids.”
told officers that MDC offers additional
outdoor opportunities such as educational programs at nature centers
in the Kansas City area and the Discover Nature — Fishing program.
attendance for the donations were Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Missouri
state representatives from the Kansas City area including Ingrid Burnett,
Brandon Ellington, and Daron McGee.
information about the MoNASP archery program, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZSE. To learn
about MDC’s free Discover Nature — Fishing program that teaches families
angling skills, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z4y.
From the Missouri Department of Conversation, published March 19, 2018
Photo by Bill Graham, Missouri
Department of Conservation