ROGERSVILLE — Karla Moncier made a special trip to Michael Bowman’s fourth grade class Tuesday afternoon to thank and congratulate his students for their recent fundraising success.
Over a two week time period Bowman’s class scraped together $260 in coins, winning the recent Rogersville City School spare change collecting contest to benefit the Hawkins County Relay For Life.
Karla told Bowman’s students, “Always remember how important the things we do to give back to the community are. You all absolutely stepped up, and what you did was amazing, by collecting that money to give to the Cancer Society and the Relay For Life. It really means a lot to me and I just want you all to know how much I appreciate each one of you.”
The school-wide fundraiser hit especially close to home this year. Monday was Karla’s first day back in her fifth grade classroom since her husband of 23 years, Bob Moncier, was diagnosed with Leukemia in early August. Bob, 46, who was highly regarded as Hawkins County’s agricultural extension agent, succumbed to the disease on Sept. 1.
As a native of Shelby County Karla didn’t have a lot of extended family members nearby to help her get through this terrible tragedy. She told the Times-News Tuesday that her school family and the town stepped up from day one to fill that void, and she wouldn’t have made it without them.
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Read more in the Oct. 16, 2013 print edition of the Times-News, or in the expanded electronic edition.