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Rizzo PAL girl among ‘Honorary Public Officials’ on PAL Day

The stu­dents who were honored at the 40th an­nu­al PAL Day at City Hall. IM­AGE FROM PHILLYP­AL.WORD­PRESS.COM

Emma Het­rick, a dis­tin­guished stu­dent of Frank­lin Towne Charter School and mem­ber of Port Rich­mond’s Rizzo PAL, joined May­or Nut­ter and oth­er pub­lic of­fi­cials for Lock­heed Mar­tin’s spe­cial Po­lice Ath­let­ic League event.

More than 20 young­sters from the Po­lice Ath­let­ic League ex­per­i­enced life in the work place dur­ing the an­nu­al Lock­heed Mar­tin PAL Day at City Hall on Feb. 12.

The stu­dents joined May­or Mi­chael A. Nut­ter, City Rep­res­ent­at­ive De­sir­ee Peter­kin-Bell, who was the pro­gram’s em­cee, PAL Day par­ti­cipants and pub­lic of­fi­cials in a morn­ing kick-off ce­re­mony in the May­or’s Re­cep­tion Room.

Many of the young PAL par­ti­cipants are ac­com­plished stu­dent lead­ers, star ath­letes, aca­dem­ic achiev­ers, com­munity vo­lun­teers, role mod­els, peer coun­selors and tu­tors.

The PAL Cen­ter youths par­ti­cip­ated in an oath of of­fice, re­cog­niz­ing and ap­point­ing them “Hon­or­ary Pub­lic Of­fi­cials” for PAL Day. City de­part­ment heads par­ti­cip­ated in the pro­gram.
Emma Het­rick, 17, of the Rizzo PAL in Port Rich­mond, par­ti­cip­ated.

Het­rick is a ju­ni­or at Frank­lin Towne Charter School. She has been a mem­ber of Rizzo PAL for 9 years. Her in­terests are bas­ket­ball, Pos­it­ive Im­ages Girls Ment­or­ing pro­gram, Home­work Club and PAL Chal­lenge trivia com­pet­i­tion. She as­sists her su­per­vising PAL of­ficer and young­er mem­bers by tu­tor­ing and serving as Rizzo PAL’s At­tend­ance Co­ordin­at­or. Her ex­tra-cur­ricular activ­it­ies in­clude Year Book Club, peer ment­or­ing and help­ing with her school’s food drive. Het­rick plans to at­tend Columbia Uni­versity to study pre-law or phar­macy.

Her adult ment­or was the city’s in­spect­or gen­er­al, Amy Kur­land.

For 2013 PAL Day at City Hall, the young­sters rep­res­en­ted 25 PAL cen­ters from across the city in­clud­ing sites in North, North­east, South, South­w­est, West Phil­adelphia, Ger­man­town, Port Rich­mond, Ta­cony, Chest­nut Hill, Lo­gan, Nicetown and Kens­ing­ton.

City of­fi­cials en­cour­aged the PAL par­ti­cipants to get in­volved in the pro­fes­sion­al world through in­tern­ships such as those offered by the May­or’s Of­fice of Edu­ca­tion (edu­ca­tion@phila.gov or info@Phil­ly­Goes2­Col­lege.com), and oth­er ca­reer-as­sist­ance pro­grams and op­por­tun­it­ies.

Fol­low­ing the “swear­ing-in” ce­re­mony, the stu­dents and pub­lic of­fi­cials en­joyed a net­work­ing lunch be­fore vis­it­ing vari­ous work sites to learn about the daily op­er­a­tions of loc­al gov­ern­ment. The PAL par­ti­cipants spent part of the af­ter­noon learn­ing the in­ner work­ings of gov­ern­ment with the guid­ance of as­signed of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing those from City de­part­ments/of­fices, the ju­di­cial sys­tem and City Coun­cil.

In­spired by PAL em­ploy­ee Sally Ber­lin, the PAL Day at City Hall format was es­tab­lished more than 40 years ago. Lock­heed Mar­tin, a glob­al se­cur­ity and in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy com­pany, has been a spon­sor for the event since 2006.

John Loftus can be reached at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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