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NEA donation pushes Memorial to Fallen Educator project closer to financial goal

Fundraising continues for the Memorial to Fallen Educators, and the National Teachers Hall of Fame passed a significant milestone Monday thanks to a major donation.

Hall of Fame Director Carol Strickland says the National Education Association has finalized a $30,000 donation for the project.

This puts donations in hand at $240,000 with another $12,000 pledged. Goal is $300,000.

Meanwhile, recent rains have caused some delays as the memorial moves towards completion, but Strickland is still looking for construction to end before the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies next month.

Strickland says the memorial, which is being built near the Emporia State University one-room schoolhouse, includes granite memorial books with the names of teachers and staffers killed while saving children from various threats and disasters inscribed. It also includes a patio, walkway, benches, donor bricks, a donor wall and touch-screen information kiosks.

Induction activities will be June 11-14 in Emporia, with the dedication June 12. We will carry that on 14 KVOE and KVOE-TV on KVOE.com.

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