KHSD Police Department
Police Activities League Update
The month of October was filled with activities and opportunities for the Kern High School District Police Activities League (PAL) to serve our community.
Several PAL students went to Camp Hamilton to maintain the grounds and assist in yard work and beautification projects.
Students from Golden Valley High School (GVHS) joined forces with Shafter High School and collected nearly 650 pairs of socks that were distributed at the Annual Veterans Stand Down event at Stramler Park. In addition to the generous donation of socks for homeless vets and their families, GVHS PAL students assisted in the setup and cleanup of this event.
Dedicated PAL students represented the organization at the Greenfield Collaborative event as well as the Good Neighbor Festival at Martin Luther King Park. They assisted in both setup and cleanup, but also offered their face painting skills, served as volunteers, and staffed information tables.
Red Ribbon Week brought unique opportunities for the PAL students to teach other students about the dangers of drugs. PAL students distributed wristbands urging students to make smart decisions and be drug-free!
Roselyn Gutierrez represented the GVHS PAL at the Korean War Memorial event, and she met Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh.
Many students also assisted the organizers of the annual Dust Bowl event in Lamont and the Safety Spook-Tacular on the campus of GVHS where they helped more than 150 students with special needs enjoy the day. Local fire and police departments, a petting zoo, and face painting activities were just some of the community partners and activities that made the day so special for our students.
PAL students wrapped up the month as volunteers at the Trunk or Treat events in East Bakersfield and Rexland Acres. The handed out candy and stickers and worked as outreach ambassadors for the PAL.
In November, the PAL will launch at Kern Valley High School, and we are excited to share the remarkable things they are doing in their community.
KHSD Police Department
Police Activities League Update
The Golden Valley High School (GVHS) chapter of the KHSD Police Activities League (PAL) is a very busy organization!
Friday, September 8th, the members helped honor veterans and first responders at the football game against Centennial High School. PAL students organized the color guard, flag distribution, patriotic face painting, and provided a shoe-shine service for all veterans.
Members also helped spread the word about the importance of attendance and were featured in the KHSD social media campaign promoting #SchoolEveryDay.
The group will be involved in Links for Life fundraising and the Kern County Library “One Book Project” this fall.
The summer months didn’t slow them down. PAL students had a calendar full of experiences and opportunities to serve our community.
PAL members were invited to the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting in July where they were recognized for helping move the Kern County East Bakersfield Branch to a new location.
They were also honored guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new East Bakersfield Library opening. Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard and KHSD Trustee Jeff Flores greeted the members and thanked them for their volunteer efforts.
Several students also volunteered their time setting up, serving, and cleaning up after a local Dust Bowl event. The group also continues its’ dedication and commitment in cleaning the grounds of Camp Hamilton.
Eight GVHS PAL students attended the “Life After High School” conference at the University of the Pacific. They experienced campus tours, financial aid workshops, and dorm life. Many also visited March Air Force Base, and a dozen students went on a special GVHS PAL field trip to Ventura Beach. Four of those students had never seen the ocean before!
The organization has many volunteer opportunities planned around the community during the next few months including PAL presentations at Greenfield and drug presentations for the KHSD Parent Project meetings.
KHSD Launches New High School District Police
The Kern High School District Police Department (KHSDPD) has launched the very first high school Police Activities League (PAL). The Golden Valley High School (GVHS) PAL chapter is up and running with plans to expand the program to other schools in the district in the future.
Officer John Money is the driving force behind the organization at GVHS and shares the many benefits of having a group like this on campus.
Administrators and students at GVHS are thrilled to be a part of the initiative and the first KHSD school site with a PAL chapter, calling it a great fit for the goals set for students on the campus.
The GVHS chapter of the KHSDPD PAL is already very busy. The group volunteered for a highway and Camp Hamilton clean up, attended the Leaders in Life event, and volunteered at the commemoration of “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans.” GVHS PAL students are also taking part in upcoming events such as the Safety Spectacular, Veterans Day Parade, and Red Ribbon week activities.
The KHSDPD PAL organization is affiliated with the California Police Activities League and the National Police Activities League. The organization appreciates the support of local partners including the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Kern High School District Police Activities League Board of Directors
Acting Chief Ed Komin – President
Lisa Krch – Vice President
Paul Helman – Chief Financial Officer
Jane Gibbel – Secretary
Officer John Money – Director
Officer Luis Pena – Director
Pablo Reyes – Director
Pedro Naveiras – Director
Robert Castro – Director
Golden Valley High School PAL Student Officers
Althaira Rodriguez - President
Laisah Loaisiga - Vice President