CCSO, CCPS team up to bring PAL to Ce­cil

Ho­gan re-elected, Dems pro­tect As­sem­bly ma­jor­ity

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER PAL

— There have al­ready been un­of­fi­cial meet­ings, but now the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools have pub­licly an­nounced they have part­nered to bring the Po­lice Ath­letic/Ac­tiv­i­ties League to the county.

“We started with 22 kids at Gilpin Manor El­e­men­tary School,” Sgt. Michael Kalin­sky said. “We met two weeks ago for a kick­off meet­ing.”

He laughed when he re­called that he and the kids in third, fourth and fifth grades played kick­ball at that kick­off meet­ing.

The Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Crime Con­trol and Preven­tion awarded a $20,000 grant ear­lier this year to start the PAL pro­gram. Kalin­sky said he is “ex­tremely con­fi­dent” there would be an­other grant next year. Once the Gilpin Manor pro­gram is es­tab­lished, oth­ers will be­gin in the west­ern and south­ern ends of the county.

“There’s noth­ing for kids to do in south­ern Ce­cil County,” Kalin­sky added.

Stu­dents are rec­om­mended to the pro­gram by teach­ers, par­ents, law en­force­ment or other adults.

Kamil Ar­ring­ton, di­rec­tor for pro­gram the

DC-Mary­land-Vir­ginia Ath­letic League, stu­dents can even them­selves up.

“Stu­dents them­selves are able to reach out to the ap­pro­pri­ate per­son to ex­press in­ter­est in be­ing reg­is­tered,” Ar­ring­ton said via email Tues­day.

Stu­dents can fel­low stu­dents.

Meet­ings are held ev­ery other Tues­day from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

“That way we have trans­porta­tion to get home,” Kalin­sky said.

Each meet­ing con­sists of an hour of the cur­ricu­lum ma­te­rial pro­vided by DMV-PAL, fol­lowed by an ac­tiv­ity. Ar­ring­ton said that cur­ricu­lum teaches life skills, im­proves self es­teem and char­ac­ter.

“All teach stu­dents a va­ri­ety of skills needed for them to be suc­cess­ful now and in the fu­ture. This in­cludes aca­demics, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, and lead­er­ship,” also Po­lice said sign sug­gest (bus) them Ar­ring­ton said.

While the name im­plies sports, Kalin­sky said the Ce­cil County chap­ter would mix it up a bit with ac­tiv­i­ties for those who are not into sports. And although it’s not overt, Kalin­sky said one of the pri­mary goals of PAL is to build re­la­tion­ships with the young­sters, so they see law en­force­ment in a pos­i­tive light and see them as pos­i­tive role mod­els.

“We’re very proud to start the pro­gram and re­in­forc­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the schools,” Sher­iff Scott Adams said af­ter sign­ing the agree­ment with Jeff Law­son, su­per­in­ten­dent of Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools.

Some two dozen deputies are vol­un­teer­ing for the PAL and other law en­force­ment agen­cies are get­ting on board as well. Kalin­sky said any adult can par­tic­i­pate, as long as he or she passes a back­ground check.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Capt. Stephen Brown­hill at 410-392-2103.

AP PHOTO/PA­TRICK SEMANSKY

Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan, cen­ter, cel­e­brates as he speaks at an elec­tion night party, Tues­day, Nov. 6, in An­napo­lis. Ho­gan earned a sec­ond term af­ter de­feat­ing Demo­cratic op­po­nent Ben Jeal­ous.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Jeff Law­son, su­per­in­ten­dent of Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools, and Ce­cil County Sher­iff Scott Adams sign the con­tracts Mon­day that bring the Po­lice Ath­letic/Ac­tiv­i­ties League to the county for chil­dren in third to fifth grades.

AP PHOTO/JOSE LUIS MA­GANA

Mary­land Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Ben Jeal­ous pauses as he speaks to the crowd at an elec­tion night party, Tues­day, Nov. 6, in Bal­ti­more, af­ter con­ced­ing to Repub­li­can Gov. Larry Ho­gan.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Cherelle Hill from the DC-Mary­land-Vir­ginia Po­lice Ath­letic League, lis­tens as Ce­cil County Sher­iff Scott Adams talks about the ex­cite­ment of get­ting a PAL here, start­ing with a pilot pro­gram at Gilpin Manor El­e­men­tary School in Elk­ton.

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