NDP MLAs say funding for parent councils will support activities for kids in Richmond

RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Henry Yao, and Aman Singh say that funding through the province’s Community Gaming Grants (CGG) program will support local learning opportunities and extracurricular activities for children in schools.

“PACs are so important for a vibrant and supportive school community. This funding will make a difference in supporting PACs’ work to enhance the classroom experience with anything from hip hop lessons, technology like iPads, or upgraded playground equipment.” said Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “I’d like to thank PAC volunteers for their many hours supporting Richmond children to grow, learn, and play in our schools.”

Funding for Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and District Parent Advisory Councils (DPACs) supports a variety of extracurricular activities and programs, including field trips, sports equipment, music, and writing and debate competitions. Through the CGG, the province provides annual funding to PACs and DPACs to support their work.

“Supporting activities that students look forward to is one of the ways we can build back stronger communities,” said Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “I’m grateful that students will continue to have access to opportunities that encourage them to connect with the communities around them.”

In Richmond, a total of $369,520 is being distributed to 46 groups. Across the province, more than 1,300 PACs and DPACs are receiving over $10.7 million in funding for the 2021-22 school year.

“Setting children up for success is a priority for parents and for our government,” said Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “By investing in extracurricular activities and programs, students will have the opportunity to be active, learn new skills, and have fun while doing it.”

Schools receive funding each year through PACs and DPACs to fund activities that benefit the health, social and cultural well-being of students.