School’s musical helps raise money for 1st grader in need of elevator

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville school is putting together a special fundraiser to help a paralyzed first grader who is in need of an elevator at her Columbia school.

Addy Elkins, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident two years ago, is a first grader at Columbia Academy.

“She was in junior kindergarten at the time [of the accident] and it was about this time of year and it was a rough road. Very rough road,” Columbia Academy’s Vice President of Development Lisa Bennett said.

Despite the challenges at hand, Addy has bounced back from the accident and gets stronger each day.

“Her parents tell her she isn’t disabled and that she can do anything anyone else can do and you can see that she believes that,” Bennett said. “We just want to make sure that she has everything she needs to be able to be successful.”

Upon hearing of Addy’s need for an elevator at her two-story school, which is estimated to cost $60,000, Nashville Christian‘s drama department stepped up to help the campaign “Up for Addy.”

“I said, ‘We’ve got a show coming up, why don’t we do an extra show and let all the proceeds from it benefit her fund?’ and it just kind of grew out of that,” Nashville Christian Drama Director Nicole Arnold said.

On Sunday, all proceeds raised at Sunday night’s performance of “High School Musical” will go to benefit “Up for Addy.”

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Click here to make an online donation to “Up for Addy.”

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