PAGE Awards More than $100,000 in Grant Funds in 2021
As PAGE members throughout the state have responded to unprecedented challenges both inside and outside the classroom, we’ve been continually inspired by the passion and innovation with which you are meeting student needs.
You are doing incredible work – often with fewer resources than before the pandemic. And, as you’ve innovated to teach and inspire students, PAGE is pleased to have awarded $500 to 220 members in the form of reimbursement grants to secure those resources.
“Georgia educators are all in for their students,” says PAGE Executive Director Craig Harper, “but obtaining ample supplies and supplemental learning materials is challenging. That’s why we introduced PAGE educator grants. In 2020, we awarded $75,000 in grant funds. This year, more than $100,000.”
“We created the program to support our members in this very difficult time by providing resources of their choosing to be more effective with students,” Harper continues. Applications were open January 4, 2021 to January 31, 2021, with winners notified on February 12, 2021.
Below, you’ll hear from a few 2021 recipients as they describe, in their own words, the impact PAGE educator grants are making.
Congratulations to all of the recipients of the 2021 PAGE Educator Grant! PAGE is overjoyed to have been able to assist these educators with their education needs.
PAGE Awards $75,000 in Educator Grants in 2020
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 2020 PAGE Educator Grant! PAGE is overjoyed to have been able to assist these educators with their education needs: