Rise and Shine 5K to benefit children with disabilities

Posted at 6:10 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 07:39:52-05

The Rise School of Corpus Christi, is the City’s first and only school dedicated to early education for children with and without disabilities.

Rise is an all inclusive school, meaning 50% of children have disabilities and the other 50% are typically developing. All students range between 15 months to 6 years of age.

Executive Director, Vanessa Nisbet says, “that early intervention is what kids need to help them become what they need to be an adult.”

All students are in classrooms of 10 kids, giving each child the opportunity to develop individually.

“Seeing them doing something new everyday, and just happy to see that the children are reaching those goals,” says Rise School teacher, Krystle Grimes. “And having to tell the parents, your child took their first steps here today, they said their first word, and just special things like that.”

The Rise School offers speech, occupational, physical and music therapy. The Rise School finds it is important to involve each child in an inclusive setting where every child has a different learning ability.

“Teaching children at a young age to have compassion towards one another, and knowing that we may be different, but we can love each other and and we can work together and have fun together,” says therapist from Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Julie Whiteneck.

The Rise School is hosting their 14th Annual Rise and Shine 5k and all-inclusive 1k, at Waters Edge (602 S. Shoreline).

You can register up until 8 a.m. at the race, on Saturday, February 16th.

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