Wilmington business creates custom costumes for special needs students


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Even though it’s time for Halloween it was more like Christmas for students in Codington Elementary’s special needs class.

“She’s been all happy today. She’s been jumping and waving, and she just is so adorable,” said Lequanna Higgins whose daughter is in the class.

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For the second year, 101 Mobility created Halloween costumes that masked the wheelchairs Vanessa Bishop’s students use.

“It was very special, and my students were just besides themselves,” Bishop said.

101 Mobility said they wanted to go above and beyond, so this Halloween it incorporated 3D add-ons and lights to the costumes.

“I wanted to do something different that he and his brother could do together, so I came up with Batman and Robin,” Shantelle Mickey said.

You could not help but notice the superhero in his Batmobile riding with his trusty sidekick.

The pirate, the mermaid, the construction worker and the flower all got lots of cheers, too, as they paraded down the school hallways.

“It’s kind of hard not to cry watching the kids giggle and cheer,” Joseph Gray from 101 Mobility said.

The cheers meant the world to the woman who leads these children every day of the year.

“When you are walking through and all the general ed kids are cheering for the kids with special needs, it just warms your heart. There is nothing like it,” Bishop said.

A representative from 101 Mobility said the company will drop off the costumes to each student’s home tomorrow afternoon so they will be ready for trick-or-treating.

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