Submitted. Twelve local Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) will share $119,000 this year in Community Gaming Grants from the B.C. Government, through the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development.
“As a teacher, I saw first-hand the importance of Parent Advisory Councils and the hard work members put into making their schools a better place for their children. PACs are indispensable for the educational vibrancy of our schools. It’s important for our government to recognize the important role that parents play in helping educate our children.” – Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission
Why this matters:
· Across British Columbia, over 1,400 parent advisory councils will share almost $11 million in this year’s grant.
· PACs use the gaming grant funding to support a wide range of student services, including extra-curricular activities, student travel, playground and sports equipment, as well as scholarships and bursaries.
· District Parent Advisory Councils (DPACs) each receive $2,500 a year to fund educational and promotional materials, administrative costs, and assist communication among schools, parents, students, and the community.
· PAC grants are based on the respective schools’ student enrolment and are paid annually at $20 per student.
· District parent advisory councils (DPACs) are composed of members from each PAC in a district.