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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34 senators and congressman just announced they agree with my strategies to make schools safe:

1. Create a clearinghouse of School Safety Best Practices.

2. Create a central authority to ensure all federal agencies collaborate and coordinate their school safety efforts.

This is a big deal. This has never been done before. This would definitely help make schools safer and protect all children and teachers.

RUBIO LEADS COLLEAGUES IN URGING FEDERAL COMMISSION TO CREATE CENTRAL AUTHORITY FOR SCHOOL SAFETY

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led his Senate and House colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and members of the Federal Commission on School Safety, to include in their final recommendation the creation of a central authority to help school districts seeking to improve safety features within new and existing schools. The letter urges DeVos “to ensure tight coordination and collaboration of effort among all federal agencies that are working on different aspects of school safety in order to eliminate duplication, redundancy, and waste of valuable resources.” The Commission, led by Secretary DeVos, also includes Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

Rubio worked closely with Max Schachter – father of Parkland shooting victim, Alex Schachter, and CEO and founder of Safe Schools for Alex – who also testified before the Federal Commission on School Safety on the importance of ensuring our children are safe at school.

Joining Rubio was Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rod Blum (R-IA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Steve Knight (R-CA), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Tom Rooney (R-FL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Keith Rothfus (R-PA).
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Update on School Safety:

Ever since Alex passed away I have been focused on making schools safer for all children. In my attempt to make Marjory Stoneman Douglas safe I sought out the best practices for school safety. When I came to the depressing realization that there were none I formed SafeSchoolsForAlex.org and set out an a mission to create them myself. The United States created fire codes to protect all buildings and it has worked. No child has died in a school fire in 60 years.

As I have traveled the country these last several months I have realized that in pockets of the United States school districts are doing great things to safeguard their campus’s and protect their children and teachers. Unfortunately those great systems, procedures, and technologies have not spread to the rest of the country. Every time I learn about an amazing program it makes me more convinced that if we can produce school safety best practices we will be able to give guidance to schools nationwide to protect all children. It has been 19 years since columbine and nothing has changed. I will do everything I can to make sure things are different after Alex and 16 other beautiful souls were murdered in Parkland, Fl February 14, 2018.

After the Parkland shooting I was tasked with vetting all the companies that wanted to donate their products and services into Marjory Stoneman Douglas. After the Santa Fe High School shooting their school district formed a safety committee and asked all the members of that committee to go on Google to develop their ideas on how to make their school safe. This is the reason we need to create a clearing house / repository of best practices, so schools know where to obtain the best and most cost-effective methods to protect themselves. Schools should not have to go on Google to find out how to make their school safe, ask the father of one of the shooting victims to become a door and ballistics expert, or a mother who has no prior knowledge of school safety to become a metal detector expert. The expertise is in the federal government and law enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security has done a great job securing our airports and our federal buildings. i have asked all the federal agencies and law enforcement to help create school safety best practices and the have all committed to doing so.

My efforts currently are to get Betsy DeVos’s Federal Commission on School Safety to recommend:

1. The creation of an entity that will house and create National School Safety Best Practices.

2. A central authority be appointed to ensure the 5 federal agencies (DOE, DOJ, DHS, FBI, USSS) working on school safety collaborate and coordinate their efforts. Currently they are working in their silos and not working together.

I am pushing both of these issues by constantly communicating with Congress, The Department of Homeland Security, The Department of Justice, The Department of Education, and the White House. In all my conversations with these entities I feel we are making progress. Hopefully we will have good news soon.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support!

Max Schachter
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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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