A Very Pleasant New Year with Paddington Bear!

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“A Very Pleasant New Year with Paddington Bear!”

Happy New Year, 2018, everyone! Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I hope that everyone had a nifty New Year’s Eve celebration! My mom and I watched The Twilight Zone marathon on the Syfy Channel. This is my favorite New Year’s Eve tradition to share with my mom. I wore my “Happy New Year’s” purple star antennas, purple feather boa and New Year glasses.

My favorite episode is named, “It’s a Good Life.” a six-year-old boy named Anthony has psychic powers and everyone in the town has to think “good thoughts” or Anthony will banish them to a cornfield.

Later, my mom and I watched the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. The best part of my New Year’s Eve celebration was that I had the chance to watch fireworks that were set off by other people in my neighborhood through our window with my mom.

On Tuesday, January 2nd, some of the other Arc Participants and I also made New Year’s Arts and Crafts such as, 2018 Party Hats, Noise Makers, and Banners to celebrate the city of San Antonio’s 300th (tricentennial) anniversary. Also, I used my new communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport and Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller to my fellow Participants. I’m truly a bookworm and I am so thankful for my new purple communication device because allows me to read even more books to my fellow Participants as part of my Arc Press Club duties.

On Friday, January 12th, some of the other Arc Participants and I learned about the little brown bear with the hat from Peru named Paddington to celebrate the release of the sequel of the 2014 live-action/CGI animated comedy film Paddington named Paddington 2.

 The other Participants and I also learned that Michael Bond based Paddington Bear on a lone teddy bear he noticed on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve 1956, which he bought as a present for his wife. The bear inspired Bond to write a story; and, in ten days, he had written the first book, A Bear Named Paddington, which I decided to read to everyone. When I was a little girl, I would listen to Paddington Bear stories at our library.  That is why on June 25th, 2012, I was happy to see an official movie poster.

In the movie sequel, Paddington having settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, has become popular in hiscommunity, offering people emotional support in various ways. In order to purchase a unique pop-up book of London in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop for Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington performs several odd jobs and saves his wages, but the book is stolen, and the culprit escapes, resulting in Paddington being accused of the crime and arrested. 

Friday, January 16th, 2014. To celebrate the release of Paddington the movie, The Paddington Trail has been started from November 4th until December 30th, 2014, fifty Paddington Bear Statues were placed around London close to museums, parks, shops and key landmarks. The statues had been created by artists, designers and celebrities, including supermodel Kate Moss, actress Nicole Kidman, and Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville. As the lead charity partner of The Paddington Trail, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Charity Organization will be holding an online auction in November and a live auction in December for the statues.

All proceeds from the sale of the bears went to another charity. Some of the Participants decided to make our own mini Paddington Bear statues. The other Arc Participants and I had a perfect Paddington Bear day.

On Wednesday, January 17th, due to an expected snowstorm the previous day, the other Participants and I learned about the life and legacy late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We watched the video, Our Friend, Martin.

It is a 1999 animated children’s educational film about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It featured an all-star voice cast and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour). Also, the Participants decorated a bulletin board dedicated to the Reverend’s “I have a Dream” speech with their ideas of what the word “peace” means to us. The word “peace” means to me that someone accepts another person no matter of what they look, sound like or whatever they believe in. My hope for the future is that the people of the world will make Dr. King’s dream into a reality no matter of the shortsightedness believes of our world leaders. I used my new communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (as told by his niece) by Angela Farris Watkins and I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer.

On Thursday, January 18th, some of the other Participants and I wore their favorite snowman shirts to celebrate the World Day of the Snowman. I wore my red Olaf (the cute little snowman from Disney’s 2013 Frozen) that says: “Some people are worth melting for.” Also, the Participants and the Staff Members read the winter clothing inspired books, The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Barrett. We made individual snow people arts and crafts. The date goes back to the form of a snowman. “1” stands for his stick or broom and “8” symbolizes the snowman. World Day of the Snowman was first held in 2011. Everyone had a splendid day celebrating the wonders of snow. I read the books, Snowman Magic by Katherine Tegen and Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright.

On Friday, January 19th, we celebrated the upcoming “Penguin Awareness Day” on Saturday, January 20th by having a “Perfectly Perfect Penguin Impersonation Day.” Some of the other Participants and I and Staff Members wore black and white clothing, made penguin inspired arts and crafts, and learned facts about penguins. Penguins are aquatic birds native to the Southern Hemisphere. There are about twenty known species of penguins, the largest of which are the emperor penguins, the lead stars of the documentary, March of the Penguins. The smallest known penguin species are the little penguin found in the coastal areas of Australia and New Zealand. I read the books, Cinderella Penguin by Janet Perlman and The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly by Catherine Vase. We had a great time celebrating Penguin Awareness Day.

So, that was the joyous month of January at The Arc!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  I’ll be back next time with my moments of the fabulous month of February!


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