MERRITT – Schools in the Fraser-Nicola area will be receiving $62,780 as part of over $11 million in B.C. government gaming grants for Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and District Parent Advisory Councils (DPACs) working with public and independent schools throughout British Columbia.

PACs and DPACs play a key role in keeping parents connected to teachers and school administrators through positive, supportive involvement in the education provided to their children. The grants provide support for extracurricular activities, including sports, arts, class trips and other school activities.

Why this matters:

  • PACs and DPACs will share $11,121,840 in community gaming grant funding from the B.C. government this year.
  • A PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents of their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff on matters relating to the school and student education.
  • DPACs advise the board of education on any matter relating to education in their school district. DPACs advocate for parental involvement in the education system and give input into the development of education policy and curricula.

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart

“When we offer our students options for extra-curricular programs we are helping them build on their skills and often enrich their overall educational experience. These grants are good news for students as they can continue to participate in these excellent programs.”

For more information:

Full application information for PAC and DPAC community gaming grants is available online at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants/pac-dpac-grants