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DC, Chetwynd school groups pick up gaming grant money for kids activities

Money for youth programming in the South Peace

Youth across the province will benefit from participation in a wide range of school activities thanks to Community Gaming Grants funding that is going to more than 1,300 school advisory councils - including all kinds of South Peace projects.

"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 extracurricular activities," said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

The Chetwynd District Parent Advisory Council and Parent Advisory Council picked up - $5,460 for the Chetwynd Secondary School PAC, $2,420 for Don Titus Elementary School Parent Advisory Council,  $6,000 for Little Prairie Elementary School P.A.C., while the Windrem Elementary PAC picked up $2,840.

Dawson Creek groups include; 

Canalta Elementary School PAC $4,040.00

Crescent Park Parent Activities $6,600.00

District Parent Advisory Council S.D. #59 - South Peace $7,340.00

Ecole Frank Ross Elementary PAC $7,880.00

Notre Dame School Parent Support Group $1,540.00

Tremblay Elementary School PAC $8,500.00

Dawson Creek Secondary School Parent Advisory Council $25,480.00


"Activities like these provide tremendous benefits for children's health and well-being, and they help keep students active and engaged in learning," added Osborne. 

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.

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

Schools offer many extracurricular 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 extracurricular activities such as robotics, yearbook and photography clubs, and holding social gatherings such as movie nights.

Every year, commercial gaming revenue funds essential government programs and services, including health care, education, justice and social services and the Community Gaming Grants program.