With a special appearance from State Rep. Mike Vereb, the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League (GNPAL) will celebrate a $25,000 contribution from AT&T on Friday, at 11 a.m. at their office, which will bolster GNPAL’s Law Enforcement Career Exploring program that gives under-served high school students experience in law enforcement careers, according to a media release.
The funds from AT&T will help GNPAL create a new Law Enforcement Career Explorer Post, which will allow students of the high school age to have contact with different kinds of law enforcement professionals and gain knowledge in those fields.
GNPAL is partnering with the Norristown police department and the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as other county and local agencies.
Rep. Vereb commented the significance on the program, and AT&T’s contribution, in the release: “Programs like the ones offered by GNPAL are important to our youth and the community at large. As someone who participated in Norristown PAL programs as a youth, I was able to interact with police officers regularly. That type of positive interaction is very important. As a result of participating in PAL, I became a police officer. Thank you AT&T for recognizing that GNPAL needs help. Your investment will literally be an investment in many children's futures.”
According to J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Mid Atlantic, their contribution is in line with AT&T Aspire, which he describes as one of the largest corporate commitments with the purpose of helping youth receive high school diplomas, ready for what comes next.
The volunteer-based, not-for-profit Greater Norristown Police Athletic League has served youth and families in the Greater Norristown area with programs aimed at recreation and education since 1976. For further information, visit http://www.greaternorristownpal.org/.