ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. - Friends and classmates gathered Thursday night at Butterfield's Restaurant in Royal Palm Beach to raise money for Melanie Ponce De Leon.
Last week, the 9-year-old Golden Grove Elementary student was getting off a bus at 130th and Persimmon Road when she was hit by a car.
She's been in the hospital and is listed in critical condition with head injuries.
As a show of support, her friends and teachers wore purple, which is her favorite color.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from Thursday night's dinner will go to the school to help Melanie. So far, more than $14,000 have been collected for the family.