New funding for school parent advisory councils announced by the province last week will help to stimulate parent participation in school activities.
The School District 27 District Parent Advisory Council is hosting a dinner for all school parent advisory council chairs and district representatives next week.
The dinner takes place Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Columneetza Campus cafeteria of Lake City Secondary in Williams Lake.
“The purpose of the meeting is to explain the role of DPAC and why it is important for parents from across the district to be involved,” says Superintendent Mark Thiessen.
Victoria announced this year’s funding for parent advisory councils Oct. 23 in press releases from Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes and Cariboo MLA Donna Barnett.
The School District 27 District Parent Advisory Council and and 21 school parent advisory councils will share $99,980 in community gaming grants from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
School PAC grants are based on student enrolment and are paid annually at $20 per student.
District Parent Advisory Councils, which are composed of members from each school PAC in a district, receive $2,500 a year to fund educational and promotional materials, administrative costs, and assist communication among schools, parents, students and the community.
“Parent advisory councils are a great way for parents to get involved in their children’s education, and they provide wonderful services that really benefit students,” Barnett said in her funding announcement. “These Community Gaming Grants help PACs in our region fund great programs and activities that enrich the lives of our children.”
Oakes reiterated the sentiment in her press release.
“Parent advisory councils make a big difference for students, organizing extra-curricular activities like sports and field trips, investing in playgrounds and sports equipment, and much more,” Oakes said. “The funding that PACs receive through the Community Gaming Grant Program helps them continue to provide these great services for students.”