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Grants will help Richmond students enjoy extra-curricular activities

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:52 PST, Mon December 6, 2021

Last Updated: 11:12 PST, Mon December 6, 2021

Students throughout Richmond will benefit from participation in a wide range of school activities thanks to Community Gaming Grants.

The funding was awarded by the province to numerous local school advisory councils.

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

In total, nearly $11 million in Community Gaming Grants is supporting parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) in the 2021-22 school year. Schools in British Columbia receive funding each year through PACs and DPACs for activities that benefit students' social, cultural and physical health.

"We've been through so much over these past couple of years, and parents have been champions in our schools, working hard to keep kids connected with safe and rewarding extra-curricular activities," said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "Activities like these provide tremendous benefits for children's health and well-being, and they help keep students active and engaged in learning."

Schools offer many extra-curricular experiences for K-12 students, including sports and playground activities, drama, writing and music programs, and graduation ceremonies with support from Community Gaming Grant funding. PAC groups use the funds to put on music, dance and theatre performances, purchase computers for extra-curricular activities such as robotics, yearbook and photography clubs, and holding social gatherings such as movie nights.

"Extra-curricular activities are so important for students so they can connect with their friends and maintain their physical, social and mental health," said Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside. "Through Community Gaming Grants, PACs and DPACs across the province provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students, allowing them to build new friendships, develop life skills and share more experiences together."

The Community Gaming Grants program has put British Columbians' health and safety first by requiring that all grant funding complies with the provincial health officer's orders, while continuing to provide flexibility for those organizations whose programs and services have been affected by the pandemic.

View the full list of PAC and DPAC sector recipients here.

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