DES MOINES, Iowa -- Students at Jefferson Elementary School in Des Moines are rallying around an ailing classmate.
Gracie is actually a 7-month-old labrador retriever adopted by the school last year. She serves as a sort of therapy dog who comforts sad, frightened and shy children in their classes.
However, over the weekend, Gracie was severely injured when she was hit by a car.
Now, the students and PTA are gathering funds to help cover nearly $7,000 in veterinary bills.
"We were just out there this morning as the cars were pulling in the drop-off lane, even if they didn`t have money on them, they were dumping in their console change and every little bit helps," said Tammy Norris of the Jefferson Elementary PTA.
Gracie has a broken pelvis and two broken femurs. Vets at Iowa State University think she can make a strong recovery and return to Jefferson this year.