PACs receive support funding

Local kids are being supported outside of the classroom with some significant PAC funds from the province

  • Oct. 11, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Local kids are being supported outside of the classroom with some significant PAC funds from the province.

The B.C. government has provided $263,500 to Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in the Vernon and North Okanagan-Shuswap school districts to help support student activities outside of the classroom.

Councils in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Cherryville Armstrong, Canoe, Celista, Enderby, Falkland, Grindrod, Salmon Arm, Sorrento and Tappen are receiving grants.

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.

“These funds are put into the hands of parents to decide which extracurricular activities and amenities they want for their kids,” Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster said. “PACs provide many great services that improve the school experience for students.”

These grants provide many important services and equipment, adds Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo.

“Shuswap and North Okanagan students benefit every year thanks to the efforts of Parent Advisory Councils,” said Kyllo.

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 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.