Friday, July 29, 2011


Here is more from the PAL Play Streets organizers. The program runs through August 19th. Even though listed below here is their web address for more information;



With the dog days of summer upon us, it is important to keep kids safe and active in their last month of summer vacation. The Police Athletic League’s (PAL) free Summer Play Streets Program provides safe, supervised places to play and learn for Bronx children, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, though August 19th. With a different lesson each week, PAL Play Streets provide important tips on how kids can handle different life situations from making the right decisions to saying no to drugs and the importance of taking time to read each day. Here are a few tips all Bronx youngsters can follow:

*Try to pick up as many healthy habits as you can! Unhealthy habits can drag you down.

*Always make sure to be aware of your situation: know who is there, what they are up to, and where you are.

*The best way to keep a misunderstanding from blowing up into a fight is to listen, respect, and let go of anger.

*Respect every culture and belief for it will give you wisdom and understanding.

*Take time each day to read, you will exercise your imagination, increase your vocabulary, and improve your writing.

*Say no to bullies and make your own choices.

*Lead a healthy life by saying no to drugs and exercise to feel good!

*Respect yourself and others and have fun!

The Police Athletic League Summer Play Streets Program began in 1914. Police Commissioner Arthur Woods had special concern for New York City children with no safe places to play. He organized a city-wide search for vacant lots which could be converted into playgrounds and set aside 29 blocks as playground blocks, where traffic was prohibited in the afternoons every day except Sunday. Public reaction to the development of Play Streets was overwhelmingly favorable. When Commissioner Woods inspected Play Streets, mothers rushed to thank him and children cheered his efforts. Each summer, Play Streets continue to be one of the agency’s most popular programs.

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 97 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 50,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit

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