by Caroline Flores from KRISTV.com NBC 6:
CORPUS CHRISTI - The kiddos with Special Needs at The Rise School got a special surprise on World Down Syndrome Day. Local singer and "The Voice" contestant Clarissa Serna stopped by to have some musical one-on-one time with the children.
The rise school is a school for toddlers and preschoolers who have developmental disabilities. The children attending the school have disabilities ranging from Autism to Down Syndrome.
On this special day the children sang, danced, and made some beautiful music with Serna.
Serna has worked with The Rise School in the past performing at fundraisers for them. She says these children and this school have a special place in her heart.
"I used to babysit a child with Down Syndrome and he was just so amazing. They're really, really smart very beautiful children," said Serna.
The Executive Director of the school says to have Serna singing with the children is special... Because no matter what the disability...music is the one thing they all connect to and love.
"To have this experience with the kids, we'll never forget it. It's going to be a memory we will always have," said Andrea Elizondo The Rise School Executive Director.