“A Beautifully ‘Brave’ Halloween!”

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tamekas-october-2016-blog-picture“A Beautifully ‘Brave’ Halloween!”

 Hi, everyone! I’m so excited that it was my second favorite time of the year to be at The Arc (next to the month of December.) I love all of the Halloween themed activities and arts and crafts that we do at The Arc (during October. We do so many cool Halloween activities that I have to wait until November 1st to send out the October Newsletter so I can include everything.

This year, I chose to be Princess Merida from Walt Disney’s 2012 animated movie, “Brave.” I loved dressing up like Princess Merida because she’s the new generation of Disney Princesses. They are sure of their selves. They’re very confident and they go after whatever it is that they want. So far, I have been Princess Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and Queen Elsa from “Frozen.”

This month, my classmates and I read Halloween stories to our fellow Arc Participants. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” by Charles M. Schulz, “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano.

On Thursday, October 3rd, my class and I went to San Antonio’s Zoo. When I was a little girl in Fayetteville, North Carolina, we didn’t have a zoo. We had little places that you could go see animals behind glass. So when my mom and I moved to San Antonio in 1997, I was unbelievably excited to discover that the city has a large zoo. Over the years, I have been to the San Antonio Zoo with my family and my class at The Arc. My favorite animals to see at the zoo is the elephants. On The Arc’s last visit to the San Antonio Zoo, I found out that they had built a carousel. It made me very happy to watch the little children ride the carousel with their families.

On Friday, October 9th, The Arc Participants had a Halloween Classroom Door Decorating Contest. My new classroom named “The Press Club” (we’re responsible for making the informational flyers that are passed out and sent home with the Participants. Updating the bulletin boards around The Arc. Also, keeping the other classrooms informed about the activities that go on during the week.) Our door was decorated as a giant witch’s face with a spider hanging from her nose. We named our door decoration, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider Climbed up the Witch’s Snout.”

 All of the other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of our Halloween Door Creations.

On Wednesday, October 19th, The Arc had a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  My classroom’s pumpkin decoration theme was, “Web Raider Spider.” Even, The Arc’s C.E.O. and President, Mr. Steve E. took part in the Classroom Pumpkin Decorating Contest. He’s decoration theme was “Hi! My name is Chester McPumpkin!”

On Thursday, October 20th, the Upstairs Arc Staff Members had their annual Halloween Office Decoration Contest, judge by myself and two other Arc Press Club Participants.

To finish up the month of October festivities, The other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members had a delightfully dreadful time at our annual Halloween Dance and Costume Contest on Friday, October 28th. Even, Ephraim, The Arc’s resident slightly spooky ghost had a ghoulishly good time.

On Sunday, October 30th, my mom and I went to this year’s “Dreams Come True” Halloween Party (for people with disabilities) and Costume Contest at the Midnight Rodeo Dance Club. I was so happy to have the chance to see all of my friends that attended The Arc in past years.

On Monday, October 31st, my mom and I went to Morgan’s Wonderland Halloween celebration. It is a 25-acre theme park that was designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. The park, which opened on March 3rd, 2010 on the site of the former Longhorn Quarry, was developed by Gordon Hartman, a former homebuilder from San Antonio. He said his daughter, Morgan, who deals with cognitive and physical challenges, inspired creation of the park.

I had so much fun at Morgan’s Wonderland! I had a chance to ride the carousel, (my absolute favorite thing to do at the theme park) which was especially designed to include people that are in wheelchairs. I rode on the part of the carousel that was shaped like a dragon, which is one of my favorite mythical animals.

I took a picture with Joy, the Morgan’s Wonderland butterfly mascot while she was wearing her Halloween mask. Butterflies are my favorite insect, so it was delightful to take a picture with her.

I met Mr. Hartman and his daughter, Morgan. They were very nice and friendly. I also met a fan of my Blog named Mary and I really liked her.

So, that was extremely fun and busy with month of October at The Arc of San Antonio on West Avenue.

Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog and I hope that you and your family had a great and safe Halloween!


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