Families and students from the Rise School of Corpus Christi gathered Friday at their Jewish Community Center for a pet parade to show off what the students learned throughout the week.

Live pets and stuffed animals marched in front of the school. The parade allows students to present the results of a week of learning about animals.

"The children with a developmental delay, they want to be like their friends. They want to see what they are doing. If they are eating with a spoon, I want to eat with a spoon. The children that are typically developing, they learn empathy. They learn so many leadership skills. It's just a blessing, a wonder of everybody in the building," said Vanessa Nisbet, executive director of the Rise School.

The Rise School of Corpus Christi aims to provide the highest quality early childhood education to all children, including children with developmental disabilities.

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