The music department’s beloved piano, Bessie, was damaged more than 13 years ago in a storm and won’t hold a tune.
Howard began researching the cost of pianos, and asked her mother and stepfather if she could use the money her father had left her to bless the KHS choir program.
“When Brooke came to me … I was absolutely breathless,” recalled choir director Hope Milthaler. “Nothing of this magnitude as ever happened here in my program. … To be gifted and blessed like this as a program is huge, it’s gigantic, it’s really bigger than all of us.”
Howard said the students in the music department develop close friendships and are like a family.
“This is so special not because of the piano or the fact that this gift will enable us to better create beautiful music but because of the way in which it came about. This is so special because of the overwhelming joy, light and honor that it has, is, and will bring into our lives and the lives of so many others,” she said. “I love this school. I love this community. I love all of these incredible people and opportunities that have been placed in our lives. My life is constantly overflowing with the abundance of love everyone around me has to offer. That is why this happened. That is why this is so special. This really is a dream. God is good.”
Milthaler said she was moved by Howard’s demonstration of faith.
“Brooke has, as a sophomore in high school, faith beyond what many of us achieve in adulthood. The most important thing to her through all of this is that God be given all the glory — that it was his nudging, the memory of her father and the call to honor,” she said. “It’s not about a piano; it’s about the mighty faith, selflessness and humility of a young lady on mission to spread love, light and joy on an exponential level.”
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