Students walk to support inspirational classmate who brings a smile to class every day

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Students at Hazel Grove Elementary say one of their classmates is their biggest inspiration, so on Friday they say it was their turn to inspire him.

Ka'Vyea Tyson-Curry is a 5th grader at Hazel Grove. He was shot in 2014 and remains paralyzed. His family is up their necks with unexpected costs and today his classmates had a plan to fix that.

"He just makes me feel like anything is possible. He survived a lot," said Landry Edwards.

Sixth grader Landry and her friends on student council have worked for over a year to put this event together. They're calling it, "Walk with the Hawks for Ka'Vyea."

"He's gone through so much and he still comes to school every day with a smile and it's awesome," student Madison Goff said.

Students say their goal was to put another smile on Ka'Vyea's face.

More than 300 Hazel Grove students and parents hit the track to show support through their steps forward.

"I remember those days back in the hospital the students would go and visit him. His whole attitude changed. He would just perk up," Ka'Vyea's grandpa Forest Tyson said.

His classmates say that was their goal.

"As soon as he saw all of us wearing the shirts his face lit up. We saw him smile and it just brings joy to all of us too to help him," Edwards said.

Each person bought a T-shirt and donated to Ka'Vyea in hopes to add some smiles and take away some of the worries he and his family face.

"I think today was one of the best days of the year," Edwards said.

"Kind of in awe right now. But I mean that's hazel grove. It's his family," Tyson said.

Students raised more than $2,000. A GoFundMe page has also raise more than $5,000.