Joyful July

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Hi, it’s me, Tameka. The other Arc Participants and I had a joyful month of July at The Arc.

On Friday, June 27th, a few Participants from the West Avenue and Wurzbach Road locations had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the KSAT 12 Television Studios and watch the “News at Noon.” Through a generous donation from the Roses and Races Fund Raiser by The Arc’s friends at San Antonio’s ABC Channel, KSAT 12 News. The Arc Staff Members, the other Participants and I would like to thank everyone at the KSAT 12 News Station.

On Wednesday, July 2nd, we celebrated America’s Independence Day by dressing in red, white, and blue clothing. I wore my Patriotic Star-Spangled Atennas. We also made Fourth of July inspired arts and crafts, such as, Red, White, and Blue Lanterns Arts and Crafts, Liberty Crowns, American Flag Wind Socks, Patriotic Cookies, and Fourth of July Sunglasses.

The month of July is the National Wheelchair Beautification Month.  On Friday, July 11th, The other Arc Participants and I that are in wheelchairs and walkers decided to decorate our chairs and walkers to have a parade to celebrate the month. I decorated my electric wheelchair with purple feathers and flower pictures. We learned that the National Wheelchair Beautification Month was founded by Horace Knowles. He thought that it was a great idea to allow people to be able to decorate our wheelchairs and the other Arc Participants and I agree. Special thanks to all of The Arc Staff Members for their work preparing for this year’s Wheelchair Parade.

Also on Friday, July 11th, some of the other Arc Participants celebrated 7-Eleven® Day by their own Slurpee Cups Arts and Crafts. The other Participants and I learned that this year 7-Eleven® celebrated its official 87th birthday. company milestones. 7-Eleven® the first convenience store began its run in 1927 in Dallas, Texas, by a Southland Ice Company employee, John Jefferson Green. We also learned that 7-Eleven®’s first return to San Antonio since 1989. In 1946, 7-Eleven® was named to show the stores’ new and extended hours: 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week.  We were in 7-11th heaven on that day.

Now it’s what I think is the best time of July. I get to go on vacation to one of my favorite places in the whole wide world, Camp C.A.M.P. (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential) Camp C.A.M.P is a wonderful place for people that have special needs and disabilities that aren’t able to go to a traditional summer camp. We do so many great things during the week at Camp. For example, we go canoeing, swimming, (I float around in an inner tube) and make arts and crafts projects. Camp C.A.M.P. provides a place where I feel like I’m not the only person in the world with a disability. Also, the best part of getting to go to Camp is that sometimes I get to go with some of my friends from The Arc.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I’ll be back next month with the highlights of August and The Arc’s Life Enrichment Program’s Eleventh Annual Summer Talent Show, hosted by Arc Staff Member, Benny D. on Friday, August 22nd in The Arc’s Gym.

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