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Bakersfield Police Activities League now enrolling for its back-to-school program

Officer Marco Vazquez joins Eyewitness News anchor Erin Briscoe to discuss the Bakersfield PAL back-to-school efforts. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The countdown to kids heading back to school has begun. The Bakersfield Police Activities League offers an after-school program to keep kids off the street and safe when class gets out.

Officer Marco Vazquez joined Eyewitness News on Tuesday morning to discuss the program. He said they help kids with their homework, and the students can earn a ticket to allow them to participate in the art room or game room.

Students will be provided snacks during their time at BPAL.

The free after-school program runs from 2-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for youth between 8 and 17 years old.

Enrollment is now open. The program will commence Aug. 21.

Target has also teamed up with the BPAL for its first back-to-school drive for students in elementary school.

It's being held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 11, at 301 E. 4th St.

For more information on the BPAL after-school program or back-to-school drive, call (661) 283-8880.

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