Heather Balliew and her students

CALHOUN, GA - Ms. Heather Balliew at Belwood Elementary School has received a 2023 Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Educator Grant. 

As to how she plans to use these funds, Ms. Balliew stated,  “As a Media Specialist these days, it's hard to find ways to engage students in relaxing to read original paperback books for enjoyment. Most kids today are ready to run laps around the library as soon as they break free from their homeroom classes!  To remedy this problem, I have found that students sometimes need an extra motivator and outlet for all of that energy! Through research, I found positive data linking exercise and reading to be impactful in the love of reading and testing improvements after implementing a "Ride and Read" program! This grant will positively impact our students at Belwood Elementary!”

The PAGE Educator Grant program has provided more than $300,000 to hundreds of educators throughout Georgia, enabling recipients to purchase supplies and materials for classrooms, students, and professional development.

“PAGE is honored to support instruction and learning in Georgia’s schools through the educator grants to our members across the state,” said Executive Director Craig Harper. “These additional resources contribute to all areas of student needs, from academics to the arts to health and well-being. The more than 500 grant applications received demonstrate the deep commitment Georgia educators have to enhancing school and classroom experiences for their students.” 

To learn more about PAGE and its vital mission of support to Georgia’s educators and students, visit www.pageinc.org/.


About Gordon County Schools 
Gordon County Schools system serves approximately 6,500 students in schools across the county including six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. The mission of the Gordon County School system is to build a collaborative culture that engages all students and staff in learning experiences leading to growth, empowerment, and transformation. 

Contact at Gordon County Schools:
Kendra Pannell
Communications Coordinator
Email: kpannell@gcbe.org 
Phone: (706) 629-7366 ext. 8151 
Website: www.gcbe.org