Girl Scouts serving food to San Bernardino residents at the PAL Center. CEO Dwaine Radden Sr. pictured above with one of the residents in attendance 


1st Annual Pals of PAL Community Feast 


The PAL Center held its 1st Annual Community Feast with about 70 residents in attendance Saturday, Nov 21st.  Staff members, as well as local Girl Scout troops, helped serve people from all over San Bernardino County. Each resident coming from different walks of life expressed thankfulness for the event.  


One resident stated, “I’m grateful for the PAL Center and all the things they do for this community. Had they not put together this community feast today me and my husband wouldn’t have been able to eat.” The PAL Center also gives out free groceries to the community every Wednesday at the PAL Center, located in San Bernardino.  


PAL Center CEO Dwaine Radden Sr. said, “This is our first annual feast. We hope to be able to do it for years to come because there is a definite need to help those in the community.” He also went on express appreciation for those who helped put the event together. Radden thank the sponsors and staff who made it possible for us to serve food.” He added, “The PAL Center was built on helping the community set down by founder Dr. Mildred Henry, and that’s what we will continue to do, serve our community.” There were plenty of smiles and laughter between staff and those who attended, which helped remind us all that giving back can go a long way this holiday season. 


PAL Students Commemorate

9/11 & Honor Local Fire Fighters

A promo video created in part by film students at
The PAL Charter Academy.
Surprise Flashmob at San Bernardino City Council Meeting


Flash Mob Erupts at City Council Meeting


Students gather altogether on stage and shout,

"Please save the arts!"


By Kimberly Fleming
Community Writer
2013-10-31 ● 08:53:41

Government Students at the Polls!

LJR would be the talk of the evening after performing a flash mob at the city council meeting in San Bernardino on Monday, Oct. 21. The flash mob was invited by the office of City Councilmember Robert Jenkins to prove the need for the arts and encourage additional city-wide efforts to fund additional free after school programs to the city's youth. LJR Academy of Arts was founded by Lynnzora Rogers a few years ago, after she double majored and graduated with degrees in English and Theater from California State University, San Bernardino. Rogers volunteered for a few art programs in the area before deciding she wanted to dive into the world of non-profit organizations and extend a helping hand to youth turning to the streets. Joining Lynnzora in the cause was PAL Center Charter School. Most of PAL Center Charter School's students have been able to balance school with their choice of art expression because it allows them to express themselves, according to event organizers. With the persistence of Jacquelyn White, Program Manager, and Principal Becky Sumbaro, PAL Center collaborated with Rogers and attended the council meeting to express their opinions and vocally support the arts. Arroyo Valley High School math teacher Lawrence Hardy attended with his Arroyo Valley Steppers Crew. Also in attendance was Lynnzora's mentor and LJR Advisor, CSUSB Theater Professor Kathy Ervin, who shared she has always encouraged the importance of the arts to her students. During the presentations the audience applauded the students for the montage of acts, which included participants like ballet dancers, step dancers, a gospel singer, Shakespearean acting and a rap performance by Torey Fugate. Rogers urged the council to remember how important the arts are and the good it does for the children in many different aspects, mainly, she said, "in contributing to children's intellectual awareness of their goals and surroundings, which results in making better life choices."



The PAL Center meets with Empire Talks Back from the Rialto Network