Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund

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Alex Schachter, 14, resided in Parkland, Florida for the last eight years. Alex was tragically killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. Alex was one of the first students to be killed when the shooter unlawfully entered the Freshman building armed with an AR-15 that he aimed through a window outside of his classroom, preying on the defenseless and senselessly taking Alex and his classmates away from their family and friends forever. He is survived by his heartbroken parents , three siblings, grandparents and countless cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Alex was a sweet and loving boy. As a freshman, Alex loved the marching band and played the trombone and baritone as part of the Eagle Regiment Marching band - the top marching band in the state of Florida! 

If the early days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting I created the Alex Schachter Scholarship fund to keep Alex’s memory alive by raising funds for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Marching Band and also to raise funds to improve school safety. With your generous support the Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund has raised over 240k as of 3/15/18. As the month anniversary of this horrible tragedy is upon us, It is now time to segregate/divide the funds and create a separate campaign specifically designated for school safety. The name of the new fund will be, Safe Schools For Alex (safeschoolsforalex.org). 50% of the funds raised to date will be used to help the Stoneman Douglas Marching Band in the form of charitable contributions and scholarships in Alex’s name. The other 50% of the funds raised to date will go into the Safe Schools For Alex campaign.

Moving forward, If you want to support the Stoneman Douglas Marching Band please continue to contribute to the Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund. If you want to improve school safety please contribute to the Safe Schools For Alex campaign. Thank you for all your support. We WILL and ARE making it better for all the children.

This page has been set up by the family of Alex Schachter in Parkland, Florida. Thank you all for your support and generosity.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your donation and all your support.

During Alex’s eulogy I talked about how Chicago was Alex’s favorite band and 25 or 6 to 4 is Alex’s favorite song. Chicago found out and gave me free tickets to their July 20 concert at the Coral sky amphitheater in Palm Beach. Let me know if you’re interested in joining a large group of us by emailing me at Max@alexschachter.org

I have enough tickets for the first 100 people that respond.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2018
CONTACT: Beth Feldman 917-797-8054

Safe Schools for Alex Forms Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force

Parkland, FL – Today, Safe Schools for Alex announced the formation of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force, with members specializing in school safety and education. Its focus will be on implementing school infrastructure hardening
improvements as rapidly as possible. Safe Schools for Alex is the organization formed by Max Schachter, father of Alex Schachter, who was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, to advocate for school safety improvements
nationwide.

“I want our students, teachers and families to know that there are real and substantial steps being taken to make our schools safer,” explained Mr. Schachter. The task force will begin by analyzing school vulnerabilities and potential solutions and implementing consensus driven, “low hanging fruit” as soon as possible.

Safe Schools for Alex Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force will be chaired by Mr. Schachter, with permanent members including:

• Bo Landy, Founder and Executive Director of SOS Parkland
• April Schentrup, elementary school principal and mother of Carmen, one of the 17 victims of the MSD Shooting
• Noel Glacer, SOS Board Member and security industry professional
• Andrew Weinstein, Managing Partner in the Weinstein Law Firm
• Major Nathan Osgood, Broward Sheriff’s Office Command overseeing Parkland
• Denise Reed, Assistant Principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
• Robert C. Hutchinson, Chief of the Broward County School Board Special Investigative Unit

Additional task force participants include:
• Robert DePriest, Active Shooter Program Manager, FBI
• Matt Frost, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Protective Security Advisor
• Gary Warren, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Protective Security Advisor
• Representatives of local police and fire agencies, student, teacher and principal representatives, Broward County Public Schools district employees from facilities, mental health and disciplinary areas

“Our goal is to move forward with lessons we have already learned and make recommendations to the district staff” explained Mr. Schachter. The task force will be vetting viable product solutions to make our schools safe while taking into account the views of, and impact on, our students, teachers, administrators, and parents.”

In March, Safe Schools for Alex brought together nationally-renowned school safety experts to help identify state-of-the-art school safety guidelines and best practices, including training methods, to craft a blueprint to make schools safe nationwide. Then in April, Safe Schools for Alex brought together local and state leaders to visit a high school in Indiana reported as the “safest school in America”. “There are some strategies and processes that can be implemented right now to make our schools safer” said April Schentrup.

Mr. Schachter explained, “Safe Schools for Alex is working hand-in-hand with SOS Parkland to achieve our common goal of making schools safer for all students. We will initially focus on Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the other schools located in Parkland, and then seek to secure all of the schools in Broward County.” This collaborative effort aims to build a security “blueprint” via the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Task Force and raise the funds needed to implement this locally via SOS Parkland and Safe Schools for Alex.

For more information on Safe Schools for Alex, www.safeschoolsforalex.org
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So excited for the concert tonight!
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