Merritt Students To Benefit From Community Gambling Grants

Eight Merritt School Advisory Boards will be among more than 1,300 across the province to receive community play grants that will support a wide range of school and after-school activities.

“We have been through so much over the past two years, and parents have been champions in our schools, working hard to keep children connected to safe and rewarding extracurricular activities,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs .

“Activities like these provide enormous benefits to the health and well-being of children, and they help students stay active and engaged in learning.

In total, nearly $ 11 million in community play grants will support Parent Advisory Councils (CPAs) and District Parent Advisory Councils (CPDs) during the 2021/2022 school year. Schools in British Columbia receive funding each year through CAPs and DPACs for activities that benefit the cultural, physical and social health of students.

“Extracurricular activities are so important for students so that they can connect with their friends and maintain their physical, social and mental health,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education.

“Through Community Play Grants, PACs and DPACs across the province are offering a wide range of extracurricular activities for students, allowing them to make new friendships, develop life skills and share more experiences together. .

Extracurricular activities for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students include sports and playground activities, drama, writing and music programs, and graduation ceremonies. PAC groups use the funds to organize music, dance, and theater performances, purchase computers for extracurricular activities such as robotics, yearbook, and photography clubs, and organize social gatherings such as movie nights. .

“The ongoing pandemic has severely limited the ability of parent advisory councils to raise funds to support many school programs,” said Andrea Sinclair, president of the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.

“Parents are grateful that Community Play Grants are distributed to CCPs across the province, ensuring that the experience for students at their school continues to be improved while reducing the burden on families.

Merritt’s CAPs and DPAC will receive nearly $ 40,000 through funding from this year’s Community Gaming Grants, broken down as follows:

Collettville Elementary School PAC – $ 16,040

PAC Community Learning Center – $ 4,360

Diamond Vale Elementary PAC – $ 2,120

Merritt Bench Elementary PAC – $ 3,900

Merritt Central Elementary PAC – $ 7,040

Merritt High School PAC – $ 860

SD58 Nicola-Similkameen APAC – $ 3,940

South Central Interior District School of Education (SCIDES) PAC – $ 820

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