July’s Firework Festivities and a Glorious Galaxy Gala at The Arc!

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“July’s Firework Festivities and a Glorious Galaxy Gala at The Arc!”

 Hi, everyone! I hope that everybody is having a jubilant month of July as we did at The Arc as you will see.

I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the book, Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s First Fireworks by Becky Friedman. Being a part of my classroom named The Press Club, my fellow classmates and I read books to the other classrooms at The Arc. I love using my communicator to read audiobooks about the recent or upcoming holidays.

 On Monday, July 2nd, The Arc Participants celebrated America’s Independence Day by dressing in red, white, and blue clothing. 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.

 I wore my red and white striped shirt and my new furry patriotic star shaped Star-Spangled ribbon antenna headband. Also, my mom painted my fingernails red polish with blue and white star shaped glitter. Also, my mom decorated my wheelchair tray with a patriotic garland and American flags stickers.

On Wednesday, July 4th, my mom and I ate pizza and watched the forty-second Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on the Macy’s Stores website (https://www.macys.com/social/fireworks.) I loved watching all the colors of the fireworks that burst into life on the screen.

 On Friday, July 13th, some of The Arc Staff Members and other Participants and I had a “Stellar Space Jam!” dance, where we wore our favorite alien shirts and extra-terrestrial masks to celebrate The Arc’s space and night skies themed week and the twenty-second anniversary release of the Warner Brothers’ Space Jam live-action/animated sports comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan. I wore some alien antennas that I made from purple pipe cleaners that had one paper eye and two planets attached to them.  My classmate and I named the dance and chose the space and sky-themed songs for everyone to dance to.

 During the week, I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the book, The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole. I have always loved The Magic School Bus book and the original television series. In the second grade, I even wished that Ms. Frizzle was real, so that she could be my teacher.

 The other Participants and I learned that Space Jam opened at the number one position in the United States and grossed over $230 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who were divided on the merits of combining Jordan and his profession with the Looney Tunes characters. Michael Jordan has always been one of my favorite basketball players because he is from North Carolina, just like I am.

I even named my dog after Michael Jordan because of her ability to jump extremely high. Also, I actually got to meet him when I was a very little girl (recuperating from surgery) at the children’s hospital, when he was in college at the University of North Carolina.

 So, that was the jubilant month of July for the other Participants and me. I’ll be back next time with the highlights of the amazing month of August and the highlights of The Arc’s Life Enrichment Program’s Fifteenth Annual Summer Talent Show on Friday, August 24th in The Arc’s Gym. I am The Arc’s organizer of the Talent Show.

 Thank you for taking the time to read my blog I hope that you and family had an Incredible Independence Day and a joyous end of the month of July!          

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