LIGHT IN TROUBLED TIMES
PAGE Awards $75,000 in Educator Grants
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) sought to create a light of opportunity for members – to assist with virtual teaching and help prepare for the upcoming school year. Enter the PAGE Educator Grant – a $500 reimbursement award conceived to supply educators with additional funds to apply toward students, peers, and professional development during a time of unprecedented challenges.
“PAGE consistently listens to members and their needs,” notes Executive Director Craig Harper. “When there is an ability to meet those needs in a meaningful way, PAGE does its best to follow through. Our main goal in creating this grant program was to support our teachers in a very difficult time by providing resources of their choosing to be more effective with students. It was also a show of support for the hard work they do every day, but especially during the pandemic, and a response to a need for resources that weren’t fully realized before the move to virtual learning.”
Thanks to cost savings resulting from COVID-19-related school closures and operational restrictions, PAGE was able to pass along a total of $75,000 to grant winners. A total of 169 award recipients are now able to utilize the funds in myriad ways – from sensory equipment for autistic students to projectors to craft materials and more.
PAGE awarded $50,000 in the first round that ended on April 10, 2020 with winners notified on April 20, 2020. An additional $25,000 was awarded to educators from the existing applicant pool the following week.
Georgia’s teachers are adapting to an ever-changing educational landscape, all the while maintaining their passion and commitment. Obtaining supplies and supplemental learning materials is nothing new for educators, but doing so amid a pandemic is.
“Teachers are ‘all-in’ for their students,” says Harper. “These grants can go a long way for a teacher in acquiring materials and resources that otherwise would be just out of reach.”
Georgia educators are doing incredible work and making a vast, positive impact on students, families, and communities. Click through the photos to see and hear directly from a few PAGE grant recipients as they speak to just how much the grant funds are shining a light into troubled times – enabling them to expand their toolkits and more effectively engage with students.
Congratulations to all of the recipients of the PAGE Educator Grant! PAGE is overjoyed to have been able to assist these educators with their education needs: