Local group holds run to benefit children with disabilities

Local group holds run to benefit children with disabilities

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Over 200 volunteers braved cold temperatures to raise money and awareness for disabled children in the ArkLaTex.

The Arc Caddo-Bossier held their third annual Go for the Gold Half Marathon 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, December 15. Participants came from as far as Virginia!

The event helped raise money for the Goldman School and Child Development Center. The school provides early intervention services for children with disabilities or at-risk of developmental delays.

For Leann Bond, Director of Resource Development at the Arc Caddo-Bossier, it makes her feel honored to provide this services to the community.

“The school serves students with disabilities and students without disabilities learning along side by side in an inclusive environment,” Bond said.

The school enrolls students from 8-weeks-old to 5-years-old. Bond says this school is unique in Louisiana.

“There is a great need for childcare for children with disabilities,” she says. “Goldman school provides a much needed service and more of them are need across the state.”

She says children at the school benefit from peer-to-peer relationship and can progress in their learning development.

Faith Pinkley-Payne, a parent of a child attending the school, also agrees that the school achieves positive results.

“This is a school in our community that takes care of the students in a warm, caring environment,” she said.

Her 3-year-old son who has down-syndrome attends the school and she says it just like a family.

“I don’t see why any parent would not want their child to get help,” she said.

If you would like learn more about enrolling your child or about the services provided, click here.

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