Cariboo-Chilcotin PACs get support from provincial grant program

100 MILE HOUSE – The B.C. government has provided $86,680 to Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in the Cariboo-Chilcotin School District to help support student activities outside of the classroom.

Councils in 100 Mile House, 108 Mile Ranch, Lone Butte, Forest Grove, Lac La Hache, Anahim Lake, Bridge Lake and Williams Lake 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 are annual grants that help empower parents to be involved in their child’s school,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. “PACs provide many great services that enhance the school experience for our young people.”

“Parent Advisory Councils provide our students with access to extra-curricular activities,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said. “These activities help students develop lifelong skills like leadership and teamwork. I would like to thank the PAC groups for their work.”

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.