July’s Firework Festivities and a Lavish Luau at The Arc!

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“July’s Firework Festivities and a Lavish Luau 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.

The Arc of San Antonio and I would like to welcome Mr. Michael Bennett as the new C.E.O. and President as of Monday, July 3rd. The members of The Arc’s Board of Directors were unanimous in their support of Mr. Michael’s selection to lead The Arc in its mission to serve individuals with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.  I met Mr. Michael at an Arc festivity. I found Mr. Michael very friendly and patient with me (especially due to an unfortunate accident involving my device’s screen getting cracked, it takes longer for me to communicate) and all of The Arc Participants.

I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the book, Henry’s Fourth of July Book by Holly Keller. 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 3rd, 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 antennae headband. Also, my mom painted my fingernails red polish with blue and white glitter. Also, my mom decorated my wheelchair with patriotic ribbons and American flags.         

On Tuesday, July 4th, my mom and I ate pizza and watched the forty-first Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on the NBC Channel. I loved watching all the colors of the fireworks that burst into life on the screen.

On Friday, July 21st, some of The Arc Staff Members and other Participants and I had an “Aloha, Summer!” luau party, where we wore our favorite Hawaiian shirts and leis to celebrate

The Arc’s beach themed week and the fifteenth anniversary release of Walt Disney’s Lilo & Stitch animated film. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the book, Froggy goes to Hawaii by Johnathan London. I wore my mom’s blue Hawaiian dress, a hibiscus flower headdress and my rainbow-colored lei that I got for a birthday gift.

 We learned that Lilo & Stitch is the forty-second Disney animated feature film and was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The success of the film eventually started a franchise: a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie was released on August 26th, 2003. This was followed by a television series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, which ran from September 20th, 2003 to July 29th 2006. A second direct-to-video sequel, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch, was released on August 30th, 2005. A third sequel, a television film titled Leroy & Stitch was released on June 23rd, 2006 as the conclusion to the TV series.

 The film’s story is about two highly eccentric and mischievous individuals: a Hawaiian human girl named Lilo Pelekai who lost her and her older sister, Lani’s parents in a car accident, and an extraterrestrial creature originally named “Experiment 626” who gets adopted by Lilo as her “dog” called “Stitch.”

Stitch, who is genetically engineered by his creator, Jumba, to cause chaos and destruction, initially uses her to avoid being captured by an intergalactic federation, but the two individuals develop a close bond through ʻohana, a Hawaiian concept of extended family. This bond causes him to reconsider and later defy his intended destructive purpose in order to keep his newfound family together.

 Lilo & Stitch is definitely on my top ten favorite Disney animated films. Its incredible funny, wonderfully witty and it has a great lesson for everyone. ʻOhana means family. Family means nobody’s left behind or forgotten. When Stitch is explaining about his newfound family, he says, “This is my family.  I found it all on my own. Is little and broken, but still good.” That is how I feel about my family and my extended family at The Arc.

 Everyone would like to say Mahalo (the Hawaiian word for “thank you”) to Mr. Granger and his band for coming to play during the luau party to make the day laule‘a (the Hawaiian word for “happy.”)

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 Fourteenth Annual Summer Talent Show on Friday,  August 25th in The Arc’s Gym.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog I hope that you and your ʻohana have a laule‘a day!            

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