PRINCE GEORGE – The provincial government has provided almost $259,000 to local Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in School District 57 to help support student activities outside of the classroom.

The funds will be used to enhance the student experience through extracurricular activities. These grants cover various costs, including sporting equipment, musical instruments, playground equipment and field trips.

“Parents play an integral role in their children’s education, and we thank them for the amazing work they do as part of PACs and DPACs,” says Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “These funds will help them plan the types of activities that make for active, engaged and well-rounded students.”

“Local students get a great education in the classroom, and there’s much to learn outside of it as well,” says Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie. “From teamwork and leadership skills, to imagination and creativity—kids have much to gain from the activities supported by these grants.”

The parent-run councils help ensure B.C.’s children have access to activities that ensure the development of a well-rounded educational background.

Overall, nearly $11.1 million has been delivered to over 1,400 PACs and DPACs throughout British Columbia for the 2015-16 school year. The funding is through the provincial government’s community gaming grant programs.

Local PACs receive $20 per student, while DPACs receive a flat rate of $2,500. The grant funds must remain under the management and control of those that receive them. Funds cannot be used for, or transferred to, curricular purposes or to schools or school districts or their activities or programs.

The provincial government distributes $135 million annually in community gaming grants to benefit over 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.