A little help from some friends

Published 4:43 pm Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Saturday, the Daily News published an article on the Robotics program happening at the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort County, part of a larger program that teaches children about how things work: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

What wasn’t printed was how two organizations have come together to present the unique program, in which the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort County hosts the program that has been organized and funded by another local organization, the Police Activities League.

Since PAL Director Alvin Powell approached the Boys & Girls Club last October, PAL has spent over $5,000 to fund the Youth STEM Career Orientation Program, purchasing materials and supplies for the five-month afterschool program that also incorporates weekend field trips, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boat safety workshop, life-skills workshops, airplane flight simulator time and various activities with members of the law enforcement community.

That’s 40, two-hour afterschool sessions where everything from basic computer programming to the principles of physical science are explored. Volunteers — experts in their fields — have been drawn from local sources, including Beaufort County Community College’s Department of Industrial Technology and East Carolina University’s Department of Engineering.

The purpose is to urge the kids enrolled in the program to think about their futures, and find interests they can build on.

Right now, 20 children are enrolled in the program; 20 children who probably wouldn’t have been given a head start on education; 20 children who are already looking forward to a career where they can use the foundation that the PAL program helped them build.

PAL is doing groundbreaking work with the help of its friends at the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort County.