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School gets $1 million from former teacher's estate

A former teacher has left a wonderful gift to the Dumont Public Schools in New Jersey. The woman spent 45 years teaching children who had learning disabilities. She retired in 1990. However, she frequently visited the classrooms where she once taught.

She passed away in 2011. Recently the school received a check for $1 million from her estate. It seems the teacher did not have any immediate family or children. The popular teacher left the generous gift to help special education students with scholarships to further their education.

The business administrator of the school district said the donation shocked him. It was the largest gift he had seen while working at the school district.

The executor of the teacher's will said that she had grown up during the Depression, so she saved all she could. He said the woman would shop on the sales racks and didn't even buy the hearing aids that she needed.

The school district was not the only beneficiary listed in the woman's will. She also gave another $100,000 to five organizations, including the Salvation Army and the Ramapo Animal Refuse.

The donation took a long time to reach the school because, according to the woman's attorney, she had a sizable estate, and the state and federal governments had to approve the estate tax returns.

Estate planning is something that everyone should take care of, and you don't need to have a lot of money to do so. Whether setting up a trust for children or leaving donations to various charities, taking care of estate planning will ensure your wishes will be carried out when you pass away. An attorney can help you set up your will, trusts and other important documents and can also help your loved ones deal with the probate process.

Source: CNN, "A New Jersey schoolteacher devoted 45 years to helping students with disabilities. Now she's leaving them $1 million," Madeleine Thompson and Kwegyirba Croffie, June 11, 2018

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