GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) -- One Elementary School in Barren County has gone above and beyond to help one of their own after a terrible tragedy, making them this weeks Hometown Heroes.
Jaden Meredith is a second grader at Red Cross Elementary and he's described as full of life.
"He's always bubbly, no matter when you see him he has a smile on his face and when he see's you, he wants to let you know that he see's you and he wants to tell you hi," says Jill Kinslow a teacher at Red Cross Elementary.
"He is a wonderful child, he's very outgoing and he's very interactive with all the kids. The kids love him, he's got a great personality," says Erica Brownstead Jadens Teacher.
Jaden has been out of school for almost seven weeks due to a tragedy.
"Jaden was in a car accident the Saturday after Thanksgiving and he has a spinal injury. He was stat flighted to Kosairs in Louisville, and he was in intensive care for several weeks," said Brownstead.
In order to get him well and back to school the Red Cross Family wanted to help.
"One of our kindergarten teachers Jill Kinslow came up with the great idea to do "Jingling for Jaden" and it was the perfect time because it was right around Christmas. We had stockings and the kids brought in all their change and extra money and they put it in the stockings everyday and we stood out in the car lines in the mornings and afternoons. We made signs and it was just amazing to see what the kids brought in," said Brownstead.
After just a week of collecting change for Jaden they were able to help the family tremendously.
"We collected just one week before Christmas, it just came to me this morning, and we did it the last week before Christmas. So in five days we collected over $5,000," said Brownstead.
Their hope is to get him back in school soon.
"I can't wait for him to come back and to see his smiling face in our classroom again and I know he's ready to get back too," said Brownstead.
His class mates feel the same giving him a shout out.
"WE MISS YOU JADEN!"
For helping one of their own in a time of need, we honor the students and faculty of Red Cross Elementary as this weeks Hometown Heroes.
Red Cross says the money continues to poor in and now they have raised over $3,000.