For Immediate Release
October 29, 2019
Local MLAs welcome $456,840 for students in School District 41
BURNABY – New Democrat MLAs Janet Routledge, Katrina Chen, Anne Kang and Raj Chouhan are welcoming $456,840 in Community Gaming Grant funding to the Parent Advisory Council to benefit students in Burnaby.
Schools receive PAC funding each year to provide students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with a variety of extracurricular experiences including field trips, sports and playground equipment, music, and writing and debate competitions. Nearly 50 schools across the community will benefit from this round of funding.
The New Democrat government believes that no child should be denied opportunities because their family can’t afford it, and that programs like the Community Gaming Grants and the new Playground Equipment Program help level the playing field.
- The Community Gaming Grants Branch provides funding to parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) to support the enhancement of extracurricular opportunities for K-12 students in British Columbia.
- For the 2019-2020 school year, more than 1,300 PACs and DPACs throughout B.C. are receiving approximately $11 million in Community Gaming Grant funding. Community Gaming Grants provide up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations throughout British Columbia each year.
- Funding amounts for PACs are currently set at a rate of $20 per student. The total grant amount is based on student enrollment as of the start of the previous school year. The grant funding amount for DPACs is currently set at $2,500 per year.
“I’m proud that this government is continuing to support parents right across the community through these grants.” – Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North
“Supporting extracurricular activities is crucial for kids as it can help them learn how to play and work together.” – Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds
“PACs work hard to create opportunities for students. As a Burnaby parent, I thank those who have worked hard to support our children and school communities.” – Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed
“As a mom and former teacher, I know how important PACs are to schools and students. I’m glad to see our government keep up these annual grants.” – Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake
Media contact: Tamara Connor, (778)-836-4330