CCSO, CCPS team up to bring PAL to Cecil
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— 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.