RICHMOND – The provincial government has provided more than $421,000 to local Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in School District 38 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.

“Learning happens both in and out of the classroom,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “Thank you to the hard-working PAC and DPAC parents who organize extra-curricular activities that help kids build important life skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and creativity.”

“Sports and arts are just some of the activities supported by these PAC and DPAC grants,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “They go a long way in helping students become well-rounded and engaged in a variety of interests.”

“Teachers do a great job in the classroom, and parents have an important role to play in their child’s education as well,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “These funds will help them equip kids with items and experiences that will provide additional learning opportunities.”

Overall, nearly $11.1 million has been delivered to more than 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 more than 5,000 local organizations representing virtually every community in the province.