Students at President Avenue Elementary School in Harbor City planted a mulberry tree on campus Wednesday in memory of a second-grade classmate, Ronald "Ronnie" Cade, who died when he was struck by a car while crossing the street on his way to school.
Second-graders and children from his 9-year-old sister Alexandria's class took part in the tree planting along with Ronnie's parents, Penny and Ron. Ronnie was fatally injured Sept. 18 when he crossed Normandie Avenue near Pasatiempo.
Principal Patt Hardy said the ceremony was a good way for students to remember a classmate.
"We waited a while to do it because the boys and girls were still dealing with [his death]," Hardy said. "Now they are remembering him. . . . This is part of the healing."