Junior Troy Fleming, who was in Ritzer’s honors geometry class last year, placed flowers at the memorial.
“It was hard for me,” he said.” I just tried to block it out of my head. I loved her, and it hasn’t really hit me yet. It doesn’t really feel like it really happened.”
Fleming said he still wants Danvers to be thought of as a great community.
“We will get through it together because we are a loving community,” he said.
Melanie Hagen and her brother Michael, both Danvers High graduates, stopped by the school yesterday to add a bouquet of flowers to the memorial.
“It really makes you think how fragile life is,” Michael said.
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SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS STARTED Two scholarship funds were established yesterday in memory of Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer. One will benefit students at Danvers High School, where she was a teacher. The other will benefit graduates of Andover High who are pursuing a career in teaching. Ritzer lived in Andover and was a 2007 graduate of Andover High School. "We are simply overwhelmed by the many generous offers of so many who wish to support a lasting legacy for Colleen," read a statement from the Ritzer family establishing the Andover scholarship. "We believe that this scholarship fund is an appropriate way to honor Colleen's tireless and dedicated work as a teacher and hope that through this fund, others will be inspired and provide the resources to pursue such a worthy and rewarding profession." Gifts to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship at Andover High can be made through The Essex County Community Foundation, at the website https://secure.etransfer.com/EssexCCF/ColleenRitzerMemorialFund.cfm. Checks can also be mailed to the Essex County Community Foundation, 175 Andover St., Danvers MA 01923. A former Danvers High parent, Todd Randall, helped established the Colleen Ritzer Scholarship Fund to be awarded to a graduating senior at Danvers High this spring. "We are not going to let tragedy like this diminish Danvers High in any way, shape or form," said Randall, whose daughter graduated from the school a couple of years ago. Gifts to the Colleen Ritzer Scholarship Fund can be mailed to People's United Bank, 1 Conant St., Danvers MA 01923, Attention Glenn Boutchie. Donations also can be dropped off at the branch.