PAL Gets Kids Ready For School

    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!

    Field Day at PAL

    PAL hosted a fun and informational Field Day on July 29. Representatives from several different divisions of the Kansas City Police Department were on-site to visit with the kids. It was a great opportunity for learning and making new friends. Thanks to everyone who participated and made it a cool event!

    El Salvador Scouts Visit PAL

    PAL enjoyed a recent visit with a group from the El Salvador Scout Association. These amazing young people, ages 15-24, were in Kansas City learning about emergency management and community service. Their visit was hosted by Global Ties KC, a nonprofit that facilitates international exchange programs to build global understanding and citizen diplomacy. While in the area, the scouts met with various emergency service agencies and stopped by PAL to have some fun playing yard games while also discussing the concept of this community-building resource.

    Boxing Battle Brings the Community to PAL

    PAL partnered with the Whatsoever Community Center to host their “Battle in Northeast” boxing event on May 18. Held at PAL, it was a great opportunity to welcome the community into our facility, show them our space and give them a glimpse of what PAL offers. Thank you to everyone involved in collaborating on this event to make it a fun, exciting and successful day.

    Boxers in the ring at KC PAL with a crowd looking on
    Boxers brawling in the ring as the crowd cheers them on at KC PAL
    A crowd cheers on the boxers in the ring at KC PAL