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British Columbia/Canadian-Media: Funding of $11 million through Community Gaming Grants is being given to school groups throughout the province of British Columbia (BC) during 2020-21 school year to promote availability of extracurricular activities when students can safely participate, media reports said.
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BC Schools are funded each year through parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) to promote activities that benefit the social, cultural and physical health and well-being of students.
Realizing the difficulty for PACs to raise funds in their communities during the vulnerable situation, Andrea Sinclair, president, BC Confederation of PACs, also acknowledged Community Gaming Grants' continuous financial support activities for students and parents during the 2020-21 school year in funding more than 1,300 PACs DPACs in the province.
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Acknowledging the hard work and creativity of the PACs for their continued efforts to safely engage students in extracurricular activities during this difficult year, Josie Osborne, BC's Minister of Municipal Affairs said,
“These activities contribute significantly to students’ health and wellness by providing opportunities to connect, play and learn.”
Extracurricular experiences provided through Community Gaming Grant funds for students in K-12 include support student publications, grad ceremonies and sports or playground equipment as well as writing, drama and music clubs.
"While things look different this year, B.C. PACs are doing wonderful work to ensure students have extracurricular outlets where they connect with each other and share the things they enjoy together,” said Jennifer Whiteside, BC's Minister of Education
The Community Gaming Grants program distributes $140 million each year to support approximately 5,000 not-for-profit community organizations throughout the province.
Food Banks in BC during the COVID-19 crisis were also supported in March 2020 by the Province's $3-million emergency grant from the Community Gaming Grants program.