Children Exceeding Expectations is a free school exclusively for children with cancer. The school serves children preschool through lower elementary age, and our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for pediatric oncology patients to grow socially, cognitively and physically through theraplay. For kids who can't go to school, play dates, or birthday parties because the risk of infection from other kids is too great, even the mildest cold can be life-threatening. In a safe and secure environment, we want to provide a sense of normalcy in the lives of these kids at a time when they spend most of their time in a hospital battling cancer. That way, when the treatments are over and they're in remission, they'll be ready to transition back to "regular school" without missing a beat.
Our Children Exceeding Expectations program is just the 2nd school of its kind in the United States! We are extremely excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children battling cancer and are also grateful for the strong support the program has already received from local businesses and the medical oncology community. Our first school class opened in October, 2011, at Bristol Motor Speedway. BMS has generously offered the use of one of their suites as classroom space, and we're excited to have the opportunity to partner with them for such a wonderful cause.
This spring the school sponsored a trip to Disney World for students and families. Through grants and the generous donations of area partners this trip was free for the families. Disney World was a first for all the families and provided a much needed break from the stresses and reality of life fighting cancer.