Campus: CSU, Fresno -- July 1, 1999

Teacher Wall of Honor Accepting Names

Teachers will soon have their day in the sun at California State University, Fresno where details for a new Teacher Wall of Honor were announced yesterday to six area county schools superintendents meeting on campus.

Individuals wishing to honor a favorite teacher can donate $100 for a brick engraved with an educator's name, said Lynn Eilefson, development officer for the School of Education and Human Development, who presented the bricks campaign to the superintendents Wednesday.

The bricks will be placed on the 76-foot by four-foot structure, which can hold 2,000 bricks, in time for a dedication scheduled on Aug. 24. Harris Construction built the wall in May.

The other side of the wall, which is located in the new Gottschalks Plaza in front of the Education Building on campus, will honor Friends of Education - persons other than teachers who also provided inspiration to succeed in education, or who somehow made a difference.

"This is a way to honor or thank that teacher or individual who reached out to you and touched you with the joy of learning," Eilefson said. "Or the teacher who opened the door to the world of math or reading. Or possibly a professor who triggered a career choice when you were in college."

The project not only singles out individual teachers, but the fundraiser will also help buy equipment to train future teachers, said Eilefson, calling the program a "win-win-win opportunity."

"Donors can honor their favorite teacher. The teacher receives an honor certificate and letter announcing the gift. And the funds raised will be used for interactive electronic equipment for off-site training of teachers and students throughout the valley," he said.

Eilefson hopes the county schools superintendents at Wednesday's meeting will follow the lead of the Fresno County Office of Education, which purchased bricks for 18 educators who have received the prestigious Fresno County Teacher of the Year Award since 1980.

Dr. Peter G. Mehas, Fresno County Schools superintendent, said the bricks are another way to honor all past recipients of the award.

"The Teachers of the Year represent the thousands of outstanding professionals who share daily their skills, talent and commitment to education," Mehas said. "The Teacher Wall of Honor will serve to acknowledge the profound difference that teachers are making in the lives of our children."

For information about purchasing a brick to honor a teacher or friend of education, contact Eilefson at (559) 278-0249.

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