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2014 PAL Day at city hall

lorraine Curry, police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and  Alexis Colon  listen to remarks.
lorraine Curry, police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Alexis Colon listen to remarks.ALEX LLOYD GROSS

What is PAL Day at city hall? It is a chance for high school kids in the Philadelphia area to spend the day, shadowing a city official. From The Police Commissioner to the mayor, all have been assigned a student who will be with them almost every second for a few hours.

It is a great way for kids to learn about what a particular branch of government does. The kick off ceremony happened yesterday, February 21, inside the Mayor's Reception Room. It was there, that the kids learned who they would be paired with. While the kids are not making government decisions or dealing with criminals, they do get the opportunity to learn why certain legislation was drafted and how it was done. They learn what happens during the legal process and why those steps are important.

The Police Athletic League, (or PAL) has different centers throughout the city. They run from Kingsessing to the Great Northeast, and everywhere in between. This year, 20 kids were selected. The event was sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Mayor Michael Nutter said "By investing in our youth, we are able to empower them and help them build a stronger Philadelphia for future generations.

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