The entire RCS 7th-grade posed for a group photo Tuesday wearing shirts emblazoned with the initials of classmate Jacob Clark who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The photo will be given to Clark, who is currently on home bound status.
ROGERSVILLE — The lives of every student, teacher and staff member at Rogersville City School have been touched recently by cancer, and now they’re banding together to make their fight against the disease personal.
This past summer, rising seventh-grader Jacob Clark was diagnosed with LCH (Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis) which is a type of cancer that affects bone marrow and skin. Clark has been on home-bound status since the beginning of the school year.
Then in early August, Bob Moncier, the husband of fifth-grade RCS teacher Karla Moncier, was diagnosed with leukemia. Moncier was also a regular visitor to the school as Hawkins County’s agriculture extension agent. He succumbed to the disease on Sept. 1. Moncier’s daughter, Jacey, is a seventh-grade classmate of Clark, and his son, Gordon, is an RCS graduate.
In between classes Tuesday, the hallways at RCS resembled rivers of orange as students donned orange t-shirts emblazoned with the initials of both Clark and Moncier.
The shirts, which were sold as part of a school-wide fundraiser to benefit the Hawkins County Relay For Life, also carried the message, “Together we fight like warriors: Rogersville City School.”
It’s part of a program called “RCS Gives Back,” in which the entire K-8 school gets behind one charitable cause throughout the entire school year in hopes of achieving a year-end fundraising goal.
Read more in the Oct. 16, 2013 print edition of the Times-News, or the expanded electronic edition.