Good Deed: Donation to Medal of Honor Heritage Center supports education programming

Contributed photo / At the check presentation, from left, are retired Army Gen. B.B. Bell; and Maranda Wilkinson and David Currey of the Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.
Contributed photo / At the check presentation, from left, are retired Army Gen. B.B. Bell; and Maranda Wilkinson and David Currey of the Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center recently received a $50,000 gift that will support the center's teacher fellowship program.

Retired U.S. Army Gen. B.B. Bell made the gift in honor of his late wife, Katie Fields Bell, who was a longtime advocate for education, according to a news release.

The money will directly support the Heritage Center's Teacher Fellowship Program.

"Gen. Bell has been a tremendous supporter of the Heritage Center well before our opening in 2020," David Currey, executive director of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, said in the release. "It goes without saying that his generous contribution has elevated our educational programs to new heights. Thanks to his generous gift, educators from across the region will benefit from this program as we continue to grow our teacher development initiatives beyond the Southeast and into other parts of the country."

The Center's Teacher Fellowship Program launched last year with the aim of exposing educators to the Medal of Honor, the six character values associated with the medal and the stories of recipients serving in various conflicts throughout our nation's history, according to the release.

Maranda Wilkinson

Director of education, Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center