Local PACs get support from provincial grant

Provincial government provides a significant contribution to the local Parent Advisory Councils

The provincial government has provided $29,560 to local Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in the Fraser-Cascades School District 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. “Parent Advisory Councils are made up of dedicated individuals that contribute to the education experience,” Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said. “The gaming grant funds supports students and ensures they have access to extra-curricular activities.”  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.