A Joyful Season It Was…

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Christmas 2013Every year, an USAA employee will buy a Participant a holiday gift that he or she has wished for. I asked for the book, “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stoh. The other Arc Participants and I are so thankful to the company of USAA, its employees and Santa Claus for making the holiday season, very jolly. Even Santa Claus took time away from getting ready at the North Pole to attend the party. Santa had a slice of his favorite kind of pizza–candy cane and pepperoni. 

The Arc Participants and staff members were treated with a holiday visit from Mr. Doug W. and his band named, The Winning Hand. Mr. W. is the father of Megan W, an Arc V.I.P, and also my friend.  Mr. W. and his band visited The Arc’s two locations at West Avenue and Wurzbach Road to sing holiday songs for everyone. This is the fifth year that The Winning Hand has performed at the West Avenue Arc location during the holiday season.

The Arc Participants had their annual Holiday Classroom Door Decorating Contest. My classmates and I designed our class door with the holiday theme, “Santa’s V.I.P. Helpers.”  I came up with the idea of making all the Arc V.I.P. Participants in electric wheelchairs to be substitute for Santa’s reindeers because they had reindeer colds. We glued their pictures were onto elf bodies.

First place was awarded to Classroom # 9 for “An Extraordinary Elf Louise.” Second place was awarded to Classroom # 7 for “Down Through the Chimney with Old Saint Nick.” Third place awarded to Classroom # 3 for “Presenting: Petey the Penguin!”  Honorable mention was awarded to Classroom # 2.  for “Outstanding Ornaments.” The Arc Participants and Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of their holiday Door creations.

Not to be left out, the case managers and administrative staff members had a Holiday office space decoration contest organized by Arc Staff Member, Ms. Beth G., (The Arc’s Director of Development)

My friends Bertha, Maranda and I are very happy to say that first place was awarded to case managers, Ms.  Edna T., Ms. Jill K., Ms. Laura P., and CLASS Administrative Assistant, Ms. Liz P for “Santa’s Top Secret Toy Shop.”  All of the toys reminded us of our childhood. Second place was awarded to case managers, Ms. Sheila H., Mr. Steven G., Ms. Jane S., and Ms. Kim F.

On Friday, December 20th, The Arc Participants and Staff Members had a Classroom Gingerbread Creations contest to celebrate the holiday season and “Gingerbread House Day” which was on Thursday, December 12th. My class named our Gingerbread House Creation “Le Chez Sugar.” First Place was awarded to the LEAP Classroom for “The Big Bad Wolf Strikes Again!” Their Gingerbread House was designed to look like it had been blown down. Second Place was awarded to Classroom # 3 for “Casa de Cheerio.” Third Place was awarded to Classroom # 1 for  “A Stroll Down Gum Drop Lane.” Honorable Mention was awarded to Classroom # 8 for  “A Sweet Retreat.”  All of The Arc Participants and staff members had a wonderful time and were very proud of their Gingerbread Creations. s. Kimberly F. for “Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up.”  Third Place was awarded to Ms. Beth G. for “The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney.” I especially liked Ms. Beth’s rock ‘n’ roll dancing Santa Claus. All of the case managers and administrative staff members had a great time celebrating the holiday season and decorating their work areas.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you and your family had a great and safe holiday and a nifty New Year celebration.

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