Students raising funds to honor late music teacher

November 28, 2011 by  

Theresa Kroes, a music teacher at a N. Fond du Lac high school, was killed in a hit-and-run collision this summer. Theresa had just been hired at the area school, but was killed before ever starting when Jesse Herman slammed into the back end of the vehicle in which she was travelling along with three of her friends. Kroes’s friends were also injured in the wreck.

Those who had known Kroes tearfully reminisced on their fond memories of her. Theresa’s father, Jeff Kroes, had this to say of this daughter:

“If there was ever a group you heard laughing, Theresa was laughing first,”

Gerry Scudella, the band director at Horace Mann High School, also spoke highly of Kroes:

“She always had this smile,

“She’d have her door open, and I’d have my door open, and I could just hear the wonderful piano music.”

Kroes had envisioned a new grand piano for the school, and her brother, Andrew, refuses to let her vision die with her. He carried on with the fundraising Theresa had set up and held a benefit music concert in memory of his sister.

Students and staff are helping with the fundraising and have already raised $5,000 of the $30,000 needed for the new piano. The project, appropriately named ‘a grand project,’ may benefit through the help of print services, such as flyer printing and banner printing.

Although Theresa’s parents are obviously still mourning the sad loss of their 23-year-old daughter, they’re enthusiastic and hopeful about seeing their daughter’s wish for the piano come into fruition. Theresa’s father said:

“It’s very satisfying to know how much she touched people in short amount of time,”