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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I AM SO EXCITED to announce that Safe Schools for Alex is partnering with NBA 2K and Saber Interactive to make schools safe. They have made an unbelievably generous offer to match all donations up to $100,000. The funds raised will be used to create a school safety rating system. This rating system will give guidance to schools and parents on how to make their school safe and prevent what happened to Alex at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from happening to other children at schools around the country. We ONLY have until April 1 to reach our goal of 100k. Here is the video explaining how the partnership with NBA 2K came to be. Please watch. Its great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt635rhEQcE. It would really help if you liked and shared this update on your social media. If you are able to donate, any amount will help. Thank you so much.
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March 2019

Dear Supporter,

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the Parkland Shooting. Alex’s family wanted to update you on the work of the two foundations started in memory of their son, Alex; The Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund and Safe Schools for Alex.

Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund (ASSF):
Initially when Alex’s family created the ASSF his goal was to raise funds for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Marching Eagle Regiment Marching Band and school safety. Thanks to your generosity the fund has accomplished its initial goal of helping the MSD Band after the horrible tragedy. All funds raised for the MSD band to date will continue to be allocated to the band. With the year anniversary having passed, the ASSF intends to expand its reach to spread Alex’s love of music to as many children as possible by focusing on supporting music education throughout the country to ensure all children have the opportunity to fall in love with music as Alex did. We hope you will continue to support this important endeavor.

Safe Schools For Alex (SSFA):
Over the last year Max has turned his grief, where possible, into effective action in the hopes of preventing the next school shooting or at the very least mitigating the loss of life if there is one. In 2018:

• Max spend the year traveling the world learning about Safe School best practices,
• 2019 will see him speaking around the country on ‘Lessons Learned, a Year Later,’
• Max was appointed by Former Governor of Florida Rick Scott to serve as a commissioner on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Their report was published January 2019.
• Max was appointed to Florida Governor DeSantis-Nuñez Gubernatorial Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety Policy.
• Max was seated with the President during the presentation ceremony at the White House of the Federal Commission on School Safety report; the report included Max’s vision of a national clearinghouse of School Safety Best Practices as a recommendation in the report.
• Max has garnered the support of Safe School experts from around the world who have been working in the space for 20+ years each.

SSFA just created its first Strategic Plan. A wide variety of subject area experts, family, friends, and consultants helped to shape the future of SSFA. The process was undertaken with a nonprofit strategy and development consultant, after defining the three goals to guide SSFA over the next two years a working group of Safe School experts from around the country was created to develop the SSFA program that will be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019.

SSFA envisions a world where children learn in safe, violence-free environments.

We hope you will continue supporting our work through donations as SSFA advocates for school safety best practices that can help save lives in the event of another school shooting.

Not one family at MSD thought that a shooting could happen at their school, Max is committed to helping ensure that schools are as safe as they can be, and that staff and students are prepared.

Thank you for all of your support over the last year, it meant everything to Max’s family,

Max Schachter
Founder & CEO
Safe Schools for Alex
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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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