From what started out as pieces of cardboard, random pipes, and yards of duct tape transformed into a dream come true for students at Codington Elementary. Teachers, parents, and students lined the halls to cheer on Ms. Bishop’s special needs class, who were all showing off their professionally built wheelchair costumes from 101 Mobility®.
Wheelchair costumes can be difficult to locate in stores. Joseph Gray, a 101 Mobility® service technician, saw a challenge rather than an obstacle. “We have the ability to measure, construct, and build great Halloween costumes for these kids,” he said. “That was all the convincing I needed.”
Suddenly, the costume requests from Ms. Bishops’ class—a mermaid, cowgirl, flower pot, construction worker, and Batman—were all made possible. After nearly a month of brainstorming, designing, and building, the kids were eager to show their new costumes off! Not only was the parade a colossal success, but the students get to wear their costumes while they trick-or-treat later this Halloween.
“We are so excited to go trick-or-treating in this fabulous construction costume!” said Michael’s mother. Michael dressed up as a handy Caterpillar construction worker and bulldozed through the parade with ease. “Last year, when my son was a fireman, almost every house stopped us to take pictures when we were collecting candy around the neighborhood. I can’t wait for it to happen again—it puts the biggest smile on his face!”
Claps and cheers echoed through the halls as each student made their way through the school-wide Halloween parade. Check out some great photos, inspiring students, and fabulous costumes below:
To read more about Vanessa Bishop’s class and her views on teaching, check out our Q&A blog post: “The challenges of being a special needs teacher have nothing to do with the students.”