Klein ISD Comes Together For One Of Their Own

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Klein, Texas – January 11th, 2016 (Klein ISD): In the summer of 2015 Jim Scott, husband, father of three, Klein Collins history teacher and coach was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was a day that changed the lives of the Scott family and all those around them.

Shortly after the diagnosis, the Klein Collins Football Booster Club organized the first fundraiser for the Scott family.

“With all of the unknowns at that point, I was humbled and overcome with love and gratitude,” said Priscilla Scott, wife of Jim.

Jim and Priscilla have been married for 23 football seasons, as she puts it, and have seen many players go on to college and do more in their adult lives. She admits that this diagnosis has shed a new light on things, and to be able to see the players and students pulling for their family has been powerful and motivating for their family.

Fundraising efforts began strong around the Klein Collins campus as everyone was rallying for the same cause. A GoFundMe page was quickly set up to encourage donations for the Scott family. The Klein Collins volleyball team organized a ‘Purple Dig’ in honor of coach Scott, The Klein Collins student council and choir teamed up and hosted a spirit night at the local Kendra Scott store where proceeds were donated to Coach Scott. The Klein Collins and Klein Oak football teams came together and sold shirts and on the night of their game, united to show their support.

“The football game against Klein Oak will be in my memories forever,” said Priscilla. “The way two teams came together to support my family still brings tears to my eyes.”

The Klein Collins student council also supported Coach Scott during Homecoming by creating its ‘Be a Hero’ campaign. This theme encouraged everyone to embrace their inner superhero and remember that coach Scott was one as well. To raise money, student council sold t-shirts which were sold out quickly.

“It was good that we could celebrate Homecoming and honor Coach Scott at the same time,” said Julia Wells, senior student council president at Klein Collins. “Acknowledging what was happening to Coach Scott and his family in the midst of a week filled with dress-up days, mums and garters was a classy move on the part of Klein Collins students.”

Scott describes seeing their colleagues, the schools, and the community coming together for them as amazing. She says they have always tried to teach their children the importance of volunteering and supporting others so to be on the other side has been humbling.

“Cancer is awful, no matter how you look at it,” she says. ‘We just take it one day at a time and know that prayer is a must! Accepting help is not a weakness. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of helping my family with donations, their time, mowing the lawn, bringing food by, and many other things, but most importantly all the prayers we have had. I can’t thank the community enough,” she added.

To date, it is estimated that Klein ISD fundraising activities have raised more than $20,000 for the Scott family. Coach Scott finished his eight treatments of chemo this November and has started oral chemo and radiation that will continue until mid-January. The doctors are pleased with his progress and hope these efforts will shrink the tumor enough for surgery later next year. Please continue praying for the Scott family, for Coach Scott’s health and for strength to carry them into the next chapter.

Jim and Priscilla Scott are both long-time employees in Klein ISD. Jim Scott graduated from Baker University in Kansas where he was an All-American Offensive Lineman. He earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Houston. Jim and Priscilla have three children. Hayden, a Klein Collins graduate, is currently attending Stephen F. Austin State University where he plays football. Their two daughters, Michelle, and Lauren are both students at Klein Collins High School. If you would like to help the Scott family, click here for the GoFundMe page.

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