Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I use a communicator, and I have Cerebral Palsy. I’m going to be your guide into the very busy world of The Arc’s Participants. The Participants definitely had a magical and mystical month of March.
The Arc of San Antonio (on West Avenue) would like to thank the volunteers from the Concordia Lutheran Church and School for placing mulch on our playground on Saturday, February 27th, to make recreation and activities safer and also cooler in the summer!
This post comes from my former teacher from Nellie M. Reddix School. It’s funny how life works out; I had the chance to see new students of my former teacher riding on VIA Trans. I knew that this was a sign meant for me that March was going to be a very good month and the universe has become a great sense of humor! “I love VIA Trans. You never know who you are going to run into. This morning I got a text from my coworker telling me that Miss Tameka says hello! So good to see you.”
March is one of my favorite month to be at The Arc. We have so many things to be happy about and to celebrate. I especially have a very special date to celebrate; my birthday!
On Wednesday, March 2nd, The Arc Participants and Staff Members celebrated what would have been the 112th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel also known as Dr. Suess.
Dr. Suess published forty-six children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, and rhyme. His most celebrated books include the bestselling books: “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including eleven television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series.
Dr. Suess’ birthday, March 2nd, (1904) has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, “The Night Before Saint Patrick’s Day” by Natasha Wing and “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!” by Charles M. Schulz (which is also one of my favorite Easter holiday television specials) to my fellow Arc Participants.
All of The Arc Participants and I had lots of fun reading Dr. Suess’ books and being with their friends. One of my favorite of Dr.Seuss’ books is, “Horton Hears a Who.” Which has a great lesson for all children: “A person is a person no matter how small.”
For National Irish American Heritage Month, on Thursday, March 3rd, my classroom, also known as The Arc’s Press Club and Arc Staff Member, Shawntye P. performed our original hilarious comedy play named, “Dude! Where’s My Gold?” to a packed house! It was a story about a group of friends’ encounter with some tricky leprechauns. My friends and I came up with the story and I wrote the title. I played “The Wise and Beautiful Woman of the Woods” giving advice to the group of friends. Also, The Arc had a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration on Thursday, March 17th, where some of the other Participants and I and Staff Members wore green clothing, made arts and crafts projects such as, Rainbow Lanyard Necklaces and Saint Patrick’s Day Mobiles and read stories about the country of Ireland and leprechauns and their pots of gold.
I wore my “Pot ‘o Gold” Saint Patrick’s Day shirt, my shamrock shaped antennas that bopped around when I move my head and my shamrock necklace. Also, my mom painted my fingernails neon green with gold glitter. My classmates and I made “Dancing Leprechaun” arts and crafts. I named my leprechaun Liam O’Reilly. The best thing about this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Saint Patrick’s Day is that I had the chance to celebrate it with my classmates on an outing to the America’s Incredible Pizza Restaurant. My favorite arcade game to play at America’s Incredible Pizza is named “The Cyclone.” The goal of the game is to stop a little spinning light on a certain number to win a certain number of prize tickets. I love celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day because it’s officially two weeks before my birthday!
To celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday, I made an Easter Bunny Pencil Jar that I named Patricia Cottontail. I really enjoyed celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and the Easter holiday.
On Friday, March 18th, The Arc had a dance / concert (with music provided by an Arc Parent, Mr. G. and his band) to celebrate the start of the season of spring. Also, during the month of March, some Participants also made “Easter Bunny Ears” Headbands” Arts and Crafts to acknowledge the upcoming Easter holiday.
So, that was the magical and mystical month of March for The Arc Participants. I hope that everyone that reads my blog will have a great ending to the month of March as I will; I will be celebrating my birthday.
I’ll be back next time with the highlights of the amazing month of April and The Arc’s Fiesta 2016 Festivities. I already have my 2016 Arc Fiesta Medal! The ribbon is my favorite color, purple! I can’t wait for Fiesta!
The Arc is selling, “Arc Fiesta 2016” Medals for their Fund Raiser. Each Medal is available in The Arc’s front office for: $5.00.
If you would like to purchase an Arc Fiesta Medal, please feel free to contact
Ms. Carol Maclane (The Arc’s Receptionist at the West Avenue Location) by telephone at: (210) 490-4300, extension 100, or firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds will go towards The Arc’s Fund Raiser. Thank you.