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Being a student in school is a great opportunity to try out new things and figure out what you like.

On October 18th, B.C.’s ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that kids will have access to more extra curricular activities in the 2018 – 2019 year.

The added extra curriculars are thanks to a $13.5 million grant from the Community Gaming Grant fund and the support of parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs). The grant will go towards things like field trips, travel, transportation, sports and playground equipment, student publications, societies, ceremonies and more for students from kindergarten – grade twelve.

“It’s so important for all children to have access to enriching extracurricular opportunities, and cost should not be a barrier,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in a press release.

“I commend parents who work tirelessly to ensure all school kids can take part in exciting sports and rewarding field trips, and have safe playground equipment and travel, all of which contribute to an enriched learning environment.”

Every year, The Community Gaming grant generates about $140 million for the provincial government and not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia. Some of this funding is directed to key services like health care and education, as well as organizations that represents cultural groups, art, public safety, and other services that enrich the community.

“This funding ensures PACs can more easily fund such things as student clubs, field trips and sports equipment without increased fundraising,” said Andrea Sinclair, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils president in the same news release.

“Community Gaming Grants enable all students to have an equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that provide immeasurable social, cultural and physical fitness benefits.”

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