RISE PROGRAM HOSTS HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS

<p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p>The RISE program primarily serves young children with disabilities, but also includes children who do not have disabilities.</p><div></div><p>“We think it is the best program in the world,” Rise parent Antoine Pettway said. “They have been great. It gives us a chance to be around people with all different backgrounds.”</p><div></div><p>The students’ family members were invited to come celebrate Halloween with them.</p><div></div><p>“The RISE Center has helped him,” Venetta Jackson said about her some Kayden. “He is able to do things that I never thought he would be able to do.”</p><div></div><p>“Here there are children of all backgrounds and all different stories,” Amy Poore said. “I think every child here gets something from that. They are just do much more kind and aware, it is really great for every child including traditional learners.”</p><div></div><p>Super heroes, princesses, movie stars and more joined together to sing and dance to some of their favorite Halloween tunes.</p><div></div><p>Music therapist Dawn Sandel led the students in music. It may look like the kiddos were just playing and having fun, but these songs also helped them reach their  goals.</p><div></div><p>“Music therapy is the use of music to achieve non musical goals,” Sandel said. “Singing is a great natural way to prompt speech. I leave spaces in songs I’m singing to try to encourage them to say the lyrics in the song. Dancing is a great way to work on gross motor skills.”
<div></div></p><p><p>There may have been no double double toil and trouble, but these guys had a wicked good time.</p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p>

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