Last Thursday morning two Royse City School District employees were involved in a traffic accident on the I-30 service road in front of the RCISD Administration Building.

Scott Elementary teacher Leah Anderson was taken to Baylor Medical Hospital and released later that day. Although her injuries were not life-threatening, they did cause Anderson to recover from her home during the last several days.

Royse City High School coach Jimmy Willis was also involved in the accident and his injuries have caused an extensive stay at Baylor Medical Hospital. At last report, Willis was in the Intensive Care Unit recovering from head and neck injuries.

Willis is the assistant defensive backs coach, the head junior varsity football coach, and an assistant varsity track coach. Willis and his wife, Judith, have two sons, Wade and Ryan, ages 5 and 6. Willis has been with the RCISD for about three years. He came from the Hughes Springs ISD, and currently resides in Forney.

The mounting medical costs are extreme. To help with those expenses the Royse City Booster Club and Royce Swiney have organized a “Pass the Hat” campaign. There were four middle school football games this week and a freshman and junior varsity game is scheduled for Thursday at Bulldog Stadium. The “Pass The Hat” contribution has begun with those games and will continue throughout next week and the varsity games. A passing of the hat is also planned at the Quinlan-Ford game this Friday at Quinlan-Ford Stadium.

There also will be contribution points at the concession stands to help the Willis family. Those wishing to make donations should contact Royce Swiney at 972-636-7869.

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