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Provincial Community Gaming Grants boost extracurricular activities for K-12 students

Students throughout British Columbia are benefiting from enhanced extracurricular activities and a stronger school system with help from Community Gaming Grant funding for parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs). PAC funding supports a range of activities intended to enrich extracurricular experiences for K-12 students, such as student publications, societies and ceremonies; sports and playground equipment; and field trips, travel and transportation. Every year, gaming revenues generate hundreds of millions of dollars that government invests in key services, including health care and education, for citizens and communities throughout the province. “Community Gaming Grants enable parent groups to fund priorities in their local school and district, such as playground and sports equipment, field trips and student clubs,” said Jen Mezei, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) president. “Without Community Gaming Grants, many PACs would not be financially able to provide the extracurricular activities and school events that are integral to community involvement and engagement of students and their families. BCCPAC is grateful that the Community Gaming Grants program provides funding that helps provide equitable access for all students to participate in extracurricular activities that are not dependent on parent fundraising.” “Parents are tremendous advocates for their children and I commend the advisory councils for pursuing projects that improve students’ experiences,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government is proud to support these...

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Adult learners in Prince George-area get literacy skills to thrive

An investment in adult literacy programs in the Prince George and surrounding area will support the reading, writing, math and computer skills people need to apply for new jobs, join in community activities and help their children with homework. “Opening the doors to literacy programs in the local community breaks down barriers,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Being able to read and write inspires confidence allowing people to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.” The programs include one-on-one tutoring or small group training for adult learners. This helps ensure their education is tailored to their individual educational needs. The programs are provided in a variety of locations that are easily accessible for adult learners, including public school libraries, community centres and public libraries. “We know that for some Prince George residents, one of the barriers to education is access,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “That is why these literacy programs are provided within the community and at locations that are welcome and familiar for adult learners.” Fifteen community-based programs in the area are being delivered in partnership with the College for New Caledonia. Literacy providers and post-secondary institutions collaborate to support improved learner outcomes and encourage the transition from community programs to post-secondary studies. “There are British Columbians out there facing obstacles left, right and centre, because they do...

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Helping adult learners in Burnaby break down barriers

The Province is investing in a community-based adult literacy program in Burnaby to ensure adult learners have the writing, reading, math and computer skills they need to write a resume, get involved in their communities and pursue further education. “Basic literacy is a set of tools that we often take for granted. It’s hard to imagine how isolating it must be for some of our citizens who might have a tough time helping their kids with homework, applying for jobs, or connecting with their neighbours,” said Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark. “We want to empower those adults to take this opportunity to learn skills that will build a path to a brighter future and transform their lives and the lives of their loved ones.” In partnership with Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby Neighbourhood House is receiving $30,000 in funding to provide the Burnaby Community Adult Literacy program as part of a total investment of $2.4 million in 2017-18 to support 89 basic literacy adult learning programs in every part of the province. All funded programs include one-on-one tutoring or small group training for adult learners. This helps ensure their education is tailored to their individual educational needs. The programs are provided in a variety of locations that are easily accessible for adult learners, including public school libraries, public libraries and community centres. “We’re providing adult learning...

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Literacy skills help Okanagan and Columbia Shuswap adult learners thrive

The Province is investing in community-based programs to help adult learners break down education barriers. Literacy and numeracy skills will give adult learners in the Okanagan and Columbia Shuswap the ability to read a safety label, balance a household budget and work towards higher education. “I’m proud that our government is investing in lifting up adult learners in the Okanagan and Columbia Shuswap,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Literacy skills can give people the confidence to greatly improve their lives. The skills they learn will allow them to interact with their neighbours, connect with services including education, as well as thrive and succeed.” The programs include one-on-one tutoring or small group training for adult learners. This helps ensure their education is tailored to their individual educational needs. The programs are provided in a variety of locations that are easily accessible for adult learners, including public school libraries, community centres and public libraries. “Our government is working to provide services where and when British Columbians need them,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “Community literacy programs are provided in environments that are familiar to adult learners and where they feel more welcome. This will hopefully encourage more adult learners to access the support they need.” The community-based programs are delivered in partnership with Okanagan College. Literacy providers and post-secondary institutions collaborate to support improved learner outcomes...

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Children will soon be safer in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district

By the end of next year, every student in Maple Ridge will be going to a seismically safe school, Premier John Horgan announced today. “Finishing upgrades at Fairview Elementary and Westview Secondary will mean every single child in Maple Ridge is learning in a seismically safe school,” said Premier Horgan. “We know there is more to be done in other communities. That is why we are working to fast-track seismic upgrades and school capital projects throughout the province.” Fairview Elementary school and Westview Secondary school are the last two high-risk schools in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district. Premier Horgan made the announcement at Fairview Elementary school today alongside Minister of Education Rob Fleming “Parents across Maple Ridge will soon enjoy the peace of mind of knowing their children are going to school in seismically safe buildings,” said Fleming. “This is just the beginning,” added Fleming. “We are working with school boards to accelerate seismic upgrades and other investments in education as part of our commitment to making life more affordable, delivering the services families need, and strengthening our economy.” Upgrades at Fairview Elementary school will include seismically strengthening the classroom wing, gym, multi-purpose space and change rooms. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2018. The school will reopen for the start of school in September 2018. At Westview Secondary, the classroom wing and gym will...

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