ATHENS, Texas — In moments of tragedy, the strength of a community is always tested. 

Late Friday afternoon, an Athens middle school student lost his life after his school bus was hit by an oncoming freight train on Cream Level Road. An elementary school student was also taken to a Dallas hospital in critical condition.

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The tragedy brought scores of people to a prayer vigil to gather as a community to mourn and pray together.

However, the story extends far beyond Athens. School districts around East Texas are hoping to offer their support to the Athens community.

During a Friday night press conference, Athens superintendent Blake Stiles says the many area districts reached out to him offering counselors and other services.

On Monday, school districts around East Texas will show off their solidarity by wearing maroon.

Wear Maroon on Monday!!! QISD extends our support to Athens ISD during this time.
Our @jville_isd students and staff are being encouraged to wear maroon in support of our friends @Athens_ISD. Let us know if we can help y'all! #Neighborssuportingeachother #LoveHornetNation
Elkhart Intermediate will wear maroon on Monday in support of Athens ISD. All students and staff are encouraged to wear maroon to show Athens we are praying and thinking about them during this sad...
All Oakwood faculty and students are encouraged to wear maroon on Monday as we remember our neighboring school district Athens ISD. Please keep their students and faculty in your thoughts and...
We are joining surrounding campuses/districts by wearing maroon on Monday in support of Athens I.S.D. All students/faculty/staff are encouraged to wear Maroon to show our neighbors in Athens we are...
Slocum ISD staff and students are encouraged to wear maroon Monday in conjunction with other area schools to show our support for Athens ISD in their time of need.
Students, Faculty and Staff: If you would please, wear maroon on Monday to show support to Athens ISD in the wake of the tragic school bus accident. Please help spread the word! Thanks!
Buffalo ISD staff and students are encouraged to wear Maroon on Monday in support of the Athens ISD school community.
Chapel Hill ISD is encouraging all Bulldog students, staff and faculty to wear Maroon this Monday, Jan. 28th in support of our friends at Athens ISD. We continue to pray for the families during this...
Gilmore high school maroon on Monday Brian bowman
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Palestine ISD staff maroon monday
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Elkhart High School will wear maroon on Monday in support of Athens ISD. All students and staff are encouraged to wear maroon to show Athens we are praying and thinking about them during this sad and...
Malakoff Basketball Prayer for Athens ISD
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