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Special-ed teacher $1M gift to create scholarships as possible

Genevieve Via Cava, who died in 2011, donated $1 million to the Dumont School District.

(Dumont School District)

The special education teacher in New Jersey promised that if she died, she would bequeth money to the school where she taught for many years.

It turned out to be a small fortune.

Genevieve Via Cava, who taught in the Dumont School District and died in 2011, donated $1 million to the school — and starting next school year, her gift will help a special-education student seeking higher education are eligible to receive a $25,000 scholarship, NorthJersey.com reported Friday.

A second grant, but it might be less than $25,000, Superintendent Emanuele Triggiano said.

A last gift to its students: A Dumont teacher donated $1M to her special ed students, and there is now a scholarship in her name. | Story by @snoda11 https://t.co/NI4wTG8CNb

— NorthJersey.com (@northjersey) 7 June 2018

The money Via Cava donated will stay in a fund to generate interest, allowing the district to provide scholarships per year, business administrator Kevin told Cartotto NorthJersey.com.

Via Cava, who helped the special-education students for 45 years, retired in 1990 and told Triggiano on her pension that they would donate $1 million to the district.

A downed Triggiano laughed at him.

“I thought it was a joke,” Triggiano told the newspaper. “But then we have the paperwork.”

“I thought it was a joke. But then we have the paperwork.”

– Emanuele Triggiano, superintendent, Dumont School District,

Via Cava, who had no children, was described as having a good connection with the students and helped them outside the classroom, a friendship with their parents and referring them to the after-school groups, friends told NorthJersey.com.

“She was a wonderful woman who could light up a room just by,” Richard Jablonski, a good friend and executor of her will, told NorthJersey.com. “She had a smile that was unbelievable. She could talk with anyone, just start talking to them, and by the time they ran away, they would embrace.”

Via Cava all her efforts in caring for her students and, as Jablonski put it, it is “leaving behind a lasting legacy.”

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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