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Families sign in at Risley's entrance for parent nightFor fifth-grade scholars interested in Risley International Academy of Innovation, Wednesday’s Family Night open house offered an informative look into the school's offerings, programs and partnerships.

The incoming Bears learned of electives that include Art, Choir, PE, Video Broadcasting, and Business and Marketing, with AVID an elective for seventh- and eighth-graders.

In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County, Risley is home to a Clubhouse, which affords students access to after-school clubs, tutoring, mentoring, and athletics, Monday through Friday.

Risley also participates in the United Way of Pueblo County’s mentoring program, which pairs caring adults with youth in need of strong and compassionate support.

Home to a Care and Share food pantry, Risley also offers Gifted and Talented field trips and access to TRIO, which offers free assistance to individuals and families to overcome barriers to education and financial success.

As additional supports, Risley hosts Sources of Strength – designed to prevent adverse outcomes by increasing well being, help-seeking, resiliency, healthy coping, and belonging – as well as No Bully/Power of Zero Programming with solution teams, and WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Leadership/Mentorship Program, which pairs eighth-grade student leaders with incoming sixth graders.Bears have access to all District-sanctioned middle school athletics, as well as club soccer, Student Council, and other extra-curricular activities.

Many of the school's partners were represented during Wednesday's open house, including Pueblo City-County Library District, United Way of Pueblo County, Pueblo Community Health Center and State of Grace Counseling.