April Adventures–Happy Frog Month and Viva Fiesta!

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103_2003e[1]I had so much fun in the month of April. To celebrate National Kite Month, a not-for-profit venture co-founded by the American Kitefliers Association and the Kite Trade Association International during March 30th to May 5th, 2013, the other Arc Participants and I made “Bejeweled Paper Kite Arts and Crafts.”

Also during The Arc’s butterfly-themed activities week, Monday, April 8th, to Friday, April 12th, we made “Fluttering Butterflies Carousel Arts and Crafts.”  I love butterflies. I even use a rainbow-colored butterfly as my symbol for my signature in The Arc’s newsletters, so this was a fun week for me.

103_2028On Friday, April 19th, we had our annual Classroom Fiesta Float Contest. Since the 2013 Battle of Flowers Parade theme is “Celebrations, ” we decided to use that theme as well. Each class use a different type of celebration to represent on their Fiesta Float. My classroom (The V.I.P.S., which stands for Volunteer Involvement Program) decided to celebrate Breast Cancer Survivors. Our name for our Fiesta Float (shaped like a Cadillac Escalade) that I came up with was, “We Survived and Now We Thrive!” I also played the song, “Survivor” by my one of my favorite girl group singers, Destiny’s Child on my communicator. The Arc Staff Members that judged the 2013 Classroom Fiesta Floats were Ms.  Pam S. (The Arc’s Director of the Community Outreach Program), Ms. Melissa C. (The Arc’s Curriculum Director), and Mr. Steve E. (The Arc’s President / C.E.O.)
The first, second, and third place winning classrooms received the grand prize of an ice cream party, and the other classes received a honorable mention certificates. The other Arc Participants, myself, and Staff Members had a great time creating their floats and celebrating the San Antonio Fiesta festivities.

The other Arc Participants, myself, and Staff Members decided that on Friday, April 26th, they would celebrate the Fiesta festivities by gathering in The Arc’s gym and watching the “Battle of Flowers” Parade on the website of San Antonio’s local PBS television channel KLRN, with their friends, eating nachos, listening to Mariachi music, hitting piñatas, and dressing in Fiesta clothing. I’m going to wear my purple mini sombrero. I can’t wear regular size hats because of my headrest on my wheelchair, so mini hats really come in handy. We didn’t have anything like Fiesta in North Carolina, where I used to live. That is why I like living in San Antonio so much!

Since the month of April is Frog Month and the other Arc Participants and I decided that we wanted to learn about one of the most popular and famous frogs of all time, Kermit the Frog. I have almost all of the movies with the Muppets, so I really got excited about this activity. We learned that Kermit the Frog is puppeteer Jim Henson’s most famous Muppet creation, first introduced in 1955. Kermit performed the hit single “The Rainbow Connection” in 1979 for The Muppet Movie, the first feature-length film featuring Henson’s Muppets. The song reached Number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Kermit’s iconic look and voice have been recognizable worldwide since, and in 2006, the character was credited as the author of Before You Leap: A Frog’s Eye View of Life’s Greatest Lessons, which is an “autobiography” told from the perspective of the character himself. The earliest ever trace of Kermit first appeared in 1955 on WRC-TV’s Sam and Friends. This prototype Kermit was created from a discarded spring coat belonging to Henson’s mother and two ping pong ball halves for eyes. Initially, Kermit was a lizard-like creature. He subsequently made a number of television appearances before his status as a frog was established, which was shortly before Sesame Street began. His collar was added at the time to make him seem more froglike and to conceal the seam between his head and body.

Kermit is the only Muppet to be featured prominently on both The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. (Others like Miss Piggy and Dr. Teeth were shown in photographs hung on the walls of skits on Sesame Street, and Rowlf the Dog – another Muppet that predated The Muppet Show – also made occasional appearances. A few Sesame Street characters, like Big Bird, and Ernie and Bert, made guest appearances on The Muppet Show. On Kermit’s 50th birthday, the United States Postal Service released a set of new stamps with photos of Kermit and some of his fellow Muppets on them. The background of the stamp sheet features a photo of a silhouetted Henson sitting in a window well, with Kermit sitting in his lap looking at him. It might not be easy for Kermit being green but everybody loves

Monday, April 15th was McDonald’s Day. We learned about Ronald McDonald, the happy-go-lucky mascot of the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain. In recent years, Ronald  is instead shown interacting with normal kids in their everyday lives. Many people work full-time making appearances in the Ronald McDonald costume, visiting children in hospitals, and attending regular events. There are also Ronald McDonald Houses, where parents can stay overnight when visiting sick children in nearby chronic care facilities. When I was a little girl in North Carolina, my mother and I would have to travel two hours to get to the hospital so that I could have my surgeries, we would stay at the Ronald McDonald House. It is a very special place for people that are like me. It was a good day and we were lovin’ it.

To celebrate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the “wascally wabbit” known as Bugs Bunny (my favorite Looney Toon) He first appeared on April 30th, 1938, in a short theater cartoon called “Porky’s Hare Hunt. Bugs Bunny appeared opposite Elmer Fudd in “A Wild Hare,” the first of over 175 animated shorts starring the Warner Brothers’ cartoon rabbit. .Bugs was developed in the late 1930’s by a host of cartoonists at Warner Brothers. Animator Ben “Bugs” Hardaway drew the earliest sketch of the rabbit, which was dubbed “Bugs’ Bunny” by other Warner Brothers employees. An early form of Bugs appeared in Hardaway’s 1938 black-and-white feature “Porky’s Hare Hunt.” The other Arc Participants and I really enjoyed learning about Bugs Bunny and saying his famous catchphrase, “What’s Up Doc?”

So, that was the absolutely awesome month of April for the other Arc Participants and me.

I love Fiesta time! Viva Fiesta to everyone!   🙂


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