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Boca community donates $26,000 to MSD geography teacher's memorial fund

Posted at 7:06 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 15:51:06-04

In memory of the geography teacher who died at Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's day, his family, along with the support of a community in Boca Raton, will give underprivileged kids the experience of a lifetime.

"I’m not going to mourn my son. I’m going to celebrate his life and I’m going to make him proud," said Linda Beigel Schulman, Scott Beigel's mother. "Everything I do is with him in mind saying I know this is what you want me to do."

The Polo Club at Boca Raton collected more than $26,092 in four days back in February after the shooting in Parkland. Carol Horn, Sherry Goldstein and Sheila Chaifetz spent a total of 22 hours in the clubhouse collecting the donations. They eventually decided to make the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund the recipient.

"I don’t have the words to thank you," Beigel Schulman said.

Scott Beigel’s passion for kids extended beyond teaching high school geography and coaching cross country at Stoneman Douglas High School. He spent his summers working at a sleepaway camp.

The money donated to his memorial fund will send children in need to summer camp in 2019.

“Get away and just be themselves and that’s really what Scott got to do," Beigel Schulman said. "Scott got to go to sleepaway camp when he was 7. He got to get away and just be whoever he wanted to be at camp and that’s just how he just lived the rest of his life."

As the Polo Club presented Beigel Schulman with a check Tuesday, she promised to eventually send them pictures of the children at summer camp.

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