Newly installed elevator helps 2nd grader paralyzed in crash get around school

Addy Elkins
Courtesy: Columbia Academy

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A second grader at Columbia Academy, who was paralyzed in a serious car accident several years ago,took her first ride on a newly installed elevator at her school.

After months of fundraising, Addy Elkins proudly rode off the elevator to the cheers of her classmates on Wednesday.

The school credits generous donations from parents and classmates, as well as help from families and students at Nashville Christian School, for making the elevator a reality for Addy.

Prior to having the elevator installed, Addy had to drive her motorized wheelchair outside and down a hill on a daily basis so she could access the lower level of the school for P.E., music class, lunch and computer class.

In solidarity with Addy, her classmates would also make the trek with her.

Following the accident, Addy spent more than three months at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and an additional six weeks at a rehabilitation center in Atlanta.

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