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Pal opens its doors Monday with a new program for youths

September 30, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The Police Activities League after-school program here will be opening its doors Monday to offer activities for local youths.

In response to requests from the community, PAL officials will implement an after-school program as a follow-up to the PAL summer program.

Westmorland police Officer Steve Mistriel said the summer program attracted about 130 youths this year. About 80 percent of those youths have requested the activities continue throughout the school year.

"The after-school program is part of keeping them in a safe environment," said Mistriel.

The doors to the city's youth hall at 200 W. 2nd St. will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


The program will offer tutoring, homework assistance, games and activities. A concession stand will offer various snacks. Admission is free. The program is open to youths ages 5 to 17.

The program will be funded from the PAL's general fund, money raised through donations and fund raisers in recent years.

Mistriel said Westmorland PAL has not pursued any grants but will do so in the near future.

He said the program hours are tentative. Those involved in running the program might add or reduce an hour depending on attendance.

The center will not be open on weekends but some activities may be conducted on Saturdays.

Mistriel encouraged adult volunteers to help. Those interested can contact Mistriel through City Hall at 344-3411.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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