WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Jeremy Sterk is a band teacher at Tri-County Jr/Sr High School and has dealt with hearing problems his entire life.
"I'd sit in a meeting and panic because I couldn't hear anything," said Sterk. "You could see the frustration on people's faces."
Sterk needed to invest in higher quality hearing aids
"Because of my job and because of the hearing loss I have it was also not just any hearing aids that would do it," said Sterk. "It took some higher-end adjustments like that."
The new adjustments Sterk needed were out of budget and his insurance wouldn't cover any of the cost.
"It was going to be roughly about $4600 to get them," said Sterk. "So it was just not something you could afford."
That's where the students of Tri-County stepped in. When they found out about Sterk's situation they came together in order to help.
"It was really surprising how much they were," said student, Zachary Gretencord. "I didn't really realize how expensive hearing aids were."
Gretencord was one of Sterk's students and lead the fundraiser.
"When we found out much they were I think it was kind of a no brainer," said Gretencord. "We needed to do something as an organization to help him out and get him what he rightfully deserved."
The group held a bake sale and wrote letters to local churches asking for donations. With all of the community support-
"We ended up I think just right around $5,000," said Gretencord.
That was more than enough for Sterk to afford his hearing aids. Now, music sounds clearer than ever before, plus, other things.
"I heard my wife's coat moving and I was like, what's that noise? I haven't heard that before. So it's amazing," said Sterk.