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PAL finds new home, renewed mission
After-school program re-opens Monday, to be more education-oriented
BARSTOW • The Police Activities League has found a new home for its after-school program in an unused section of the Harvey House.
PAL officials needed to move the program July 15 from its location at the Barstow Mall after San Bernardino County acquired that space.
“We knew (the Harvey House west wing) was vacant, and we knew this was city property and after talks with staff, we were able to obtain this,” Barstow Police Department Police Chief Albert Ramirez said.
Ramirez, who lauded efforts to get the new location ready for its Monday re-opening, is also the president of the PAL board.
PAL’s after-school program is free and will accept children in first to eighth grade.
“The whole function is geared toward children in the community,” according to Barstow Police Lt. Mike Hunter — the board’s treasurer.
Unlike at the mall location, which was entirely a recreational hub, the after-school program will renew focus on education, Hunter said.
The new facility contains a small library, separate rooms for homework and reading and a computer lab equipped with six computers.
Occasionally, officers will present to kids the importance of safety and the dangers of drugs, Ramirez said.
The facility also boasts a 70-inch flat-screen television, leather sofas, two separate video game stations and a foosball table.
Snacks will be provided, Hunter said.
Cori Brogan will serve as the activity leader and the program encourages volunteers.
PAL began accepting applications Tuesday and already have 24 kids signed-up, Hunter said. The capacity for the program is approximately 40.
PAL, a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, also hosts the annual Christmas Cops and Kids gift giveaway and sponsors athletic teams.
To apply for PAL’s after-school program, pick up a member application at Barstow Police headquarters, 220 E. Mountain View St., or call 760-255-5111.
Call the Police Activities League at 760-256-2875 for more information.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.