Chattanooga's Kids on the Block

Meet the Kids

  • Mark Riley

    Mark Riley

    Mark Riley was born with a physical disability Cerebral Palsy (CP). The kind of CP he has means he doesn't walk and he has trouble talking clearly.

    Mark is one of the original KOB characters and is featured in The Kids on the Block program on cerebral palsy. Mark also appears in programs about emotional disturbance, sibling of a child with a disability, visual impairment, and automobile and bicycle safety.

    About Mark Riley:

    • Caucasian Male
    • 11 years old, in the 5th grade at Woodburn Elementary
    • has a twin brother, Mike, and a sister Suzette
    • best friends with Renaldo Rodriguez
    • plays wheelchair basketball
    • loves to pop wheelies and go camping
    • favorite colors: red, white and blue
    • loves to eat pizza and chocolate chip cookies, apples and spinach.
  • Melody James

    Melody James

    Melody is one of the original KOB characters and is featured in The Kids on the Block Organ Donation Program. Melody also appears in programs about divorce, physical disabilities and bullying.

    About Melody James:

    • African American Female
    • 11 years old in 5th grade at Woodburn Elementary
    • has five brothers, Todd, Shaun, Darryl, Daniel, and Kenneth
    • best friends with Brenda Dubrowski
    • plays hopscotch
    • loves roller skating and modern dance
    • favorite color is red
    • loves to eat cheeseburgers and ice cream, oranges, raw veggies/dip
  • Renaldo Rodriguez

    Renaldo Rodriguez

    Renaldo is one of the original KOB characters and is featured in the Kids on the Block program on blindness.

    About Renaldo Rodriguez:

    • can not see because he has been blind since birth
    • Puerto Rican Male
    • 11 years old in 5th grade at Woodburn Elementary
    • has one brother, Josue
    • best friends with Mark Riley
    • plays beeper ball and checkers
    • loves to camp and cook
    • loves to eat hotdogs and chocolate chip cookies, grapes and peas
    • favorite color is yellow if he could see because all his friends say it is the color of the sun, sunflowers and lemons