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NDP MLAs say Richmond families will receive help with costs of school activities and supplies

April 9, 2024 at 4:38 pm  Politics, Provincial

RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Aman Singh and Henry Yao say families who are struggling with expenses for school activities will be receiving more support from their school districts.

“Ensuring that every child has access to essential school activities and supplies helps support their success in their educational journey,” said Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “With this increased funding, we’re making sure our students can fully participate in educational opportunities without barriers and helping ease the financial worries of Richmond families.”

Richmond School District (38) is receiving $809,000 from the province to help schools provide support directly to families.

Funding will help pay for student necessities, such as school supplies, school fees and class trips, as well as additional costs associated with joining a school sports team or music program.

“Supporting families in Richmond means investing in the well-being and future of our children,” said Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “This funding is not only addressing immediate needs but also fostering a community where every child can thrive.”

“Investing in our children’s education extends beyond the classroom. By bolstering funding for school activities and supplies, we’re empowering Richmond families to engage fully in their children’s educational journey,” said Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “This additional support, coupled with the substantial investment in school food programs, underscores our commitment to the holistic development of our youth.”

The support comes from the Student and Family Affordability Fund, which is being replenished with an additional $20 million this spring. More than $60 million has been provided to school districts provided through this program over the past two years.

This is on top of the largest investment in school food programs in the province’s history. The Feeding Futures Fund has dedicated $214 million over three years to create and expand local school food programs.

Richmond School District (38) received $2,372,391 from the province for food programs during this school year.

 

Learn More:

Student and Family Affordability Fund: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2024ECC0013-000293

Feeding Futures Fund: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023ECC0020-000424

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