DAWSON CREEK – The provincial government has provided nearly $75,000 to local Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in School District 59 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.

“Teachers do a great job in the classroom, and parents play an important supportive role in organizing extra-curricular activities,” says Education Minister Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South. “These grants support the work they do to organize engaging activities that produce well-rounded students.”

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.