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Police Activities League Update

February/March 2018


PAL students spent February and March rolling up their sleeves and preparing to help the Blessing Corner get a major facelift just in time for Spring! Students and volunteers assisted in the painting project at the facility, and spent more time out a Camp Hamilton and CALM working on projects to cleanup and beautify the area. A special field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley provided an opportunity for PAL organizations from Kern Valley High School as well as Mira Monte High School to join the GVHS PAL in learning about a wide range of history, since they also experienced the Genghis Khan exhibit currently on display. Many students also packed up and headed for the hills to visit Wind Wolves Preserve where they explored the beautiful area, learned about conservation, wildlife, and opportunities for future volunteer projects right our own backyard.

KHSD Police Department

Police Activities League Update

January 2018


January provided opportunities for a lot of travel and adventure for our Kern High School District Police Activities League (PAL) students. They visited the beach, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, and made four trips to Camp Hamilton to assist in cleanup events. Port Hueneme was also a destination as PAL students joined the Adventure Club from Golden Valley High School, picked up fishing poles and spent the day enjoying the sites, while catching fish off the pier. A first experience of this sort for some of our students. Many of our PAL students also took part in the annual Fog Run here in Kern County, as both participants and volunteers.

KHSD Police Department

Police Activities League Update

November/December 2017


November and December were busy months for our Kern High School District Police Activities League (PAL) students and an opportunity for many of them to participate in activities serving our community during the holiday season.


PAL students put their art skills to use by creating more than 2,500 Christmas cards for the American Legion, soldiers in Afghanistan, senior citizens, and clients of the homeless shelter. Students also volunteered their time at the holiday lights display at the California Living Museum (CALM) and made five different trips out to Camp Hamilton to clean up the area.

The Blessing Corner also received many visits and volunteers through the PAL program in November and December, with members sharing their time for labor for various programs and coordinating visits with Santa Claus. PAL students also represented the organization at the Golden Valley High School Parent Project, Title 1, English Learners, and Migrant PAC meetings.

KHSD Police Department

Police Activities League Update

October 2017 

 

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

September 2017 

 

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

Activities League

 

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. 

     “The main focus is community service. It is a leadership program, intervention program, and it prevents drug use and gang affiliation. It’s an excellent opportunity to work with our community partners and do great things with our students.” - Officer John Money, Golden Valley High School

 

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. 

     “Service is a component and a big part of what we do. The connection and service mindset is prevalent here as far as our culture of service to others and working to make our community a better place.” - Paul Helman, Principal, GVHS

 

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