79 Fund donation finalizes down payment for National Memorial to Fallen Educators expansion Featured

Plans are underway to add a third granite stone at the National Memorial to Fallen Educators at Emporia State University. Plans are underway to add a third granite stone at the National Memorial to Fallen Educators at Emporia State University. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

The National Memorial to Fallen Educators has its third major donation of the summer, and the $8,500 provided by the Clint Bowyer 79 Fund on Monday now means enough money is in hand to order a third granite stone to honor teachers and staffers who have died protecting students from all forms of harm.


National Teachers Hall of Fame Director Carol Strickland was understandably grateful for the latest check presentation, which was held outside the Emporia Community Foundation office at 527 Commercial. She says the Hall of Fame is working several avenues to push past the $17,000 now in hand and raise the remaining $23,000 to pay for the stone.

 

79 Fund spokesman Ray Toso tells KVOE News the fund's board wanted to recognize the teachers and support staffers who have died in the line of duty all the way back to the 1760s. The board also wanted to make sure the memorial had enough space to honor more fallen teachers if the need arises.

 

The 79 Fund's donation follows separate donations from American Fidelity Assurance Company and the National Education Association.

The original two granite books are totally full and still have several names to add from teachers and staffers killed earlier this year. It takes at least three months to prepare the stone and then ship it from Georgia to Emporia, so it will likely be fall before the stone is ready for installation.

For more information or to donate, call the National Teachers Hall of Fame at 341-5660 or go online to www.nthf.org. Mail donations to 1 Kellogg Circle, Campus Box 4017, Emporia KS ZIP 66801.

Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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