Fourth Comes Early for Disabled Students

The Fourth of July came a few hours early for some East Texas children. The St. Louis School in Tyler held an Independence Day Parade Wednesday afternoon.

All of the participants were either students, teachers or volunteers. After the parade, the kids were treated to a Coke float party, complete with a live band.

Teachers at the school, like Julie Womack, say getting kids with mental and physical disabilities involved in events like this help them feel more like the rest of their community.  "Part of our mission as special ed teachers is to include them as much as we can in what goes on in the real world and to make them productive members of society to whatever extent we can."

This is the third year for the St. Louis School Fourth of July Parade.