Local MLA Judy Darcy welcomes annual PAC funds, totaling $157,820 for students in New Westminster

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NEW WESTMINSTER – New Democrat MLA Judy Darcy is welcoming $157,820 in Community Gaming Grant funding to the local Parent Advisory Council to benefit students in New Westminster.

“PACs work hard to provide extracurricular activities to students in every community,” said MLA Darcy. “To the volunteers ensuring every child has an opportunity to learn and play, thank you.”

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.

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.

Quick Facts:

  • 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.

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019MAH0158-002059