Cora Cox Academy students line up to release purple balloons in memory of classmate Logan Rose, who passed away last week. (David Grace photo)
KINGSPORT — Purple balloons could be seen in the skies over Kingsport on Thursday as students and faculty from Cora Cox Academy gathered to honor the memory of a classmate.
Logan Rose passed away last week after a brief illness. She was 16.
"A lot of people have described Logan as a light in our school," said Andy Irvin, an English teacher at Cora Cox. "She had kind of a glowing personality ... she enriched the lives of people at our school."
The student council got together after Logan's passing and decided releasing balloons — purple, Logan's favorite color — would be a great way to honor her. Many of the balloons had notes attached to the bottom.
Students have been trying to get together to support each other while also trying to provide support to the family during this time. They've written letters to Logan's family and hosted a bake sale to help cover the costs of the funeral.
Counselors have been on hand at the school since Friday to help with the grieving process.
Through it all, the students have been leaning on each other.
"It's a nice thing to see the kids coming together," said Shanna Hensley, principal at Cora Cox. "All the kids, you don't just see one or two that are coming together to brainstorm how we can honor her and help support the family, but all have been coming together to talk about how they can serve as a support. And that's a great thing to be a part of and be a principal or a teacher in a school where the students are like that."