School rallies around ‘Coach Bear’ after fire
April 18, 2019
Michael (Coach Bear) Berens lost his home, possessions and two dogs in a Feb. 6 fire.
But he learned who his friends are.
Roncalli Catholic High School students, teachers and others rallied around the 33-year math teacher, who also has coached football and basketball, raising $27,000 to help with immediate needs. The community raised $16,000 just one day after the fire.
Berens accepted the money after an all-school Mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.
“This school has been tremendous,” he said. “It’s really been a humbling experience.”