ARLINGTON, Va., June 16, 2017/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced today that two teachers will win $5,000 awards for excellence in teaching the Medal of Honor Character Development Program (CDP). The new Medal of Honor Excellence in Character Education Awards will be presented during the Foundation’s Circle of Honor Gala scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.



One middle school teacher and one high school teacher will win the awards. The award criteria and application are available for educators at www.themedalofhonor.com. The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation will accept applications from educators through August 15. The awards are made possible by THE CORRINE AND LENNY SANDS FAMILY FOUNDATION.



“We’re excited about honoring teachers who inspire their students to live by the values embodied in the Medal of Honor,” said Tom Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Young people are the key to our future and CDP is the most important program we have to reach them.”



The CDP contains nearly 60 different lesson plans for educators to use in teaching the values of integrity, sacrifice, patriotism and selfless service to their students. The program also contains more than 120 video histories of Medal of Honor Recipients. 



“Since 2010 we’ve conducted CDP training with more than 10,000 teachers in 40 states,” said Ron Rand, president & CEO, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. “The educators have done a great job inspiring their students about the values embodied in the Medal and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts.”



Visit www.themedalofhonor.com for more information about the Medal of Honor, its Recipients and CDP.



About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:



The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 71 living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.



About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation:



The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal. Through character development, scholarship and citizen recognition programs based on the values embodied in the Medal — courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism — the Foundation teaches all citizens that they can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Tax ID #25-1828488, the Foundation carries a rating of 4/4 stars for fiscal management, accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America’s premiere nonprofit evaluator.