Second graders send message of healing to injured classmate

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) - A seven-year-old Montgomery child remains hospitalized after he was ejected during a car accident on Interstate 85 Thursday night.

Ryan Grant is listed in serious condition at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

Monday, his second grade classroom spent some time making a get well package for him.  His classmate Kaylin Calhoun said, "We're making the cards for Ryan and saying things to help him feel better."

Teachers say the students came up with the idea themselves.

"After the accident, they wanted to do something, and this was this their little way for them to show Ryan that they loved him and they missed him," said Ryan's homeroom teacher Delores McDaniel.

"A lot of these kids have been with him since Kindergarten, so they're very concerned," said Kim Nall, Ryan's Language Arts teacher.

Teachers say the absence has been difficult for the children, and the cards are their way of coping.

Seven year old Jenny Baek is one of Ryan's best friends.  She said, "He is just so peaceful and so brave, and I sit with him at lunch most days.  I just miss him so much."

A parents who's been visiting with the family daily will collect the cards and deliver them Monday.

This close knit classroom is making sure their friend knows he's not forgotten; sending messages of hope and healing that can only be found in the words of a child.

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