Every year, the Police Athletic League (PAL) comes up with a theme for its participants to explore. This past year, PAL youngsters explored “Music From Around the World” as part of their curriculum. PAL youth explored the history, culture, sports, food, holidays, festivals, government, geography, climate, economy and customs and languages of each music genre through a fun-filled, interactive learning curriculum. Their enthusiasm and efforts are featured in the 2018 PAL Calendar, which showcases the work of children from across the five boroughs.
The curriculum theme, “Music From Around the World,” provided the opportunity for boys and girls from 21 PAL centers throughout the five boroughs to learn about a wide variety of global music genres. PAL kids in Manhattan learned about music from around the world including Classical/Opera music in Europe at the Polo Grounds Cornerstone; Jazz in the United States at the Armory Center; Mariachi music in Mexico at the William J. Duncan Center, and Reggae music in Jamaica at the Harlem Center.
PAL’s Executive Director, Frederick Watts, said, “I see first-hand the great work our staff does with inner-city kids in need. We offer a safe, nurturing environment where children can grow, play, learn, and be inspired to great success. PAL youngsters immersed themselves in the music and sound from a variety of places, learned about the land, the people who formed those rhythms and their cultures. Their hard work and creativity was instrumental in producing our beautiful calendar.”
New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.
Photo Captions: 1) Participants from PAL’s Harlem Center are featured in the month of March in PAL’s 2018 Calendar. 2. PAL youngsters at the Polo Grounds Cornerstone are featured in the month of July in PAL’s 2018 Calendar.