MLAs say funding will benefit Tri-Cities students

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COQUITLAM – New Democrat MLAs Fin Donnelly and Mike Farnworth say over $695,000 in funding will allow schools in the Tri-Cities to ensure that extracurricular activities are available for students once they can participate safely again.

“This year, parents and students have shown incredible resilience through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Donnelly, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. “This funding will help ensure the extracurricular activities students look forward to will be there when it’s safe.”

“Parent advisory councils put incredible amounts of time and effort into enriching the school experience for students,” said Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam. “I’m pleased that these grants from the province will continue to support PACs in the important work they do for our school communities.”

78 schools and parent groups across the Tri-Cities are getting $695,120 in support through the Community Gaming Grant program, some of more than 1,300 parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) around B.C. receiving funding in the 2020-21 school year.

Schools receive funding each year through PACs and DPACs to fund activities that benefit social, cultural and the physical health and well-being of students.Community Gaming Grants has made it a condition that all grant funding this year complies with Provincial Health Officer orders and is providing flexibility for organizations to delay project and service delivery until they can do so safely.

B.C.’s New Democrat government is focused on keeping people safe and healthy as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic and build an economic recovery that works for everyone.

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