NORTH SHORE – The provincial government is providing more than $547,000 to 60 local Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) in North and West Vancouver to support student activities outside of the classroom.

Funds will be used to enhance the student experience through extracurricular activities. These grants cover various costs, including sporting equipment, musical instruments, playground equipment and field trips.

The parent-run councils help ensure B.C.’s children have access to activities that support the development of a well-rounded educational background.

Overall, $11.3 million has been delivered to more than 1,400 PACs and DPACs throughout British Columbia for the 2015-16 school year. The funding is provided through the provincial government’s community gaming grant program.

Local PACs receive $20 per student, while DPACs receive a flat rate of $2,500. Funds must remain under the management and control of those who receive them, and cannot be used for, or transferred to, curricular purposes or to schools or school districts or their activities or programs.