July’s Firework Festivities and Parading with a Purpose at The Arc!

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

On Wednesday, 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 used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, 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.

I wore my red and white striped shirt and my 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 3rd, some of the Participants and Staff Members wore their red, white and blue clothing to celebrate America’s Independence Day and the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing in 1969. 

The other Participants and I learned that on July 20th, 1969, America’s most famous astronauts touched down on the moon after making the three-day trip from the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. Astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins crewed the mission. It was there that Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, uttered his famous phrase: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Also, we celebrated the U.S. women’s national soccer team win at the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Sunday, July 7th. The championship match victory in Lyon, France marks both the fourth world title and back-to-back wins for the U.S. women after taking home the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

We had a wonderful time remembering America’s many accomplishments.

On Thursday, July 4th, my mom and I ate pizza and watched the forty-third 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 Monday, July 22nd, the other Participants in wheelchairs and walkers decided to decorate our chairs and walkers with the help of the Staff Members to have The Arc’s seventh annual “Rolling in Style” Parade to celebrate the fact that the month of July was the National Wheelchair Beautification Month. 

We learned that the National Wheelchair Beautification Month was founded by Mr. Horace Knowles. 

We also learned that the Target Store Corporation is selling Halloween costumes adapted for children with disabilities so every child can participate in the holiday. The retailer unveiled the four inclusive costumes, including two wheelchair cover options, through its Hyde and Eek! Boutique. One of the options offers children in wheelchairs the chance to transform it into a purple princess carriage, while the other covering sees wheelchairs of all sizes turned into a pirate ship, complete with its own pirate flag.

The designs are part of a larger range designed for kids with disabilities.  There are also new options for children with sensory processing difficulties. The plush shark and unicorn costumes include “flat seams and no tags for an ultra-comfy feel,” according to the website. They also feature detachable sections and hidden openings, designed to be less irritating for children with sensory sensitivities. The costumes are currently available for pre-order on Target’s website: www.target.com/b/hyde-and-eek-boutique 

I was so happy when I saw this story on the internet! Growing up with Cerebral Palsy, my mom had to make most of my Halloween costumes. One year, my mom made me a mummy mask to the body cast that I was in after my surgeries. Now, parents who have children with disabilities have a little more help at Halloween time. 

Mr. Horace Knowles thought that it was a great idea to allow people to be able to decorate their wheelchairs and walkers and The Arc Participants agree.

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 Sixteenth Annual Summer Talent Show on Friday, August 23rd 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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