C'mon Get Happy: Teacher Leaves $1 Million to School!

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A beloved New Jersey school teacher who passed away in 2011 is still leaving her mark on the district in a huge way.

Before Genevieve Via Cava died, the special education teacher amended her will to leave $1 million to the school -- specifically to help special education students. 

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, a $25,000 scholarship will be awarded to one special education student who is either going to college or a trade school.

Via Cava's gift will be kept in an interest-earning account so that it will help a student each year for more than 40 years.   

Via Cava grew up during the depression, and had no kids of her own.  The school was the most important thing in her life. She didn't live a very lavish lifestyle, so she was able to amass a small fortune just from saving. A friend says she was very miserly--when she began to lose her hearing she refused to buy hearing aids because she did not want to pay for them!

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