I dedicate this month’s August 2019 blog to the memory of one of my favorite female singers, Aaliyah. (January 16th, 1979 to August 25th, 2001) and my seventeen-year-old dog named Jordan. Heaven’s newest angel.
At their best, they were loved.
“Lights! Camera! Talent Show! The Astonishing August Acts at The Arc!”
As a great way to end the summer season, the other Arc Participants were taken on class outings to Morgan’s Wonderland’s new water park named Morgan’s Inspiration Island. The more than three acre attraction enables family members, regardless of age or ability, to cool off and beat the summer heat by splashing and playing together.
I had a good feeling in my heart in seeing all of my friends enjoying themselves at Morgan’s Inspiration Island!
The Arc love Morgan’s Wonderland and the free access they provide to us Participants. So, The Arc had a fundraiser to cover the admission fees for the amazing Arc Staff Members.
A special thanks to our friends in the Alhambra Alamo Caravan, number 269 for donating $700 for The Arc Staff Members fundraiser on Friday, August 9th.
On Friday, August 23rd, we had our Sixteenth Annual Talent Show, hosted by The Arc’s Staff Members,
Veronica V. and John T. I love when it’s time for our Talent Show at The Arc of San Antonio! Along with a certificate of completion, each Participant received a mini “Oscar-like” award statue, donated by a generous benefactor.
The other Arc Participants and I would to say thank you to Arc Staff Members, Julie L., Linda G., Mellisa K. and Diana L., (Life Enrichment Instructors) my fellow Participants in The Arc’s Press Club Classroom and all of the other Arc Staff Members and Participants for making such entertaining decorations for this year’s Talent Show Academy Awards inspired theme, “The Arc’s Red Carpet Soirée!”
The other Participants and I would like to thank The Arc Staff Members, Tina C. (Family Support Services Coordinator,) Lauren S. (CSCM Case Manager) and Allison C. (Director of Community Services Case Management) for being such wonderful Talent Show judges.
I wore my new black “Beat it” Michael Jackson shirt (my favorite male singer of all time) and my purple glittery “Press” member light up hat that my mom bought back as a gift from Las Vegas. My mom painted my fingernails dark purple with gold stars to match my hat. My mom decorated my new fuchsia-colored chair and tray with musical notes stickers and mini multi-colored toy saxophones that I discovered at a local Dollar Tree Store. I read the book, (using YouTube with my communicator) Talent Show by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
Since I feel like I can’t be in the Talent Show because of my Cerebral Palsy and speech difficulties, so I decided to participate in the Talent Show in another way. I make the award certificates for the other Arc Participants. I like choosing special clip art for each Participant. Also, I create the sign-up sheets for The Arc Participants who would like to try out for the Talent Show. This way, the try-outs can be more organized. I also created the acceptance letters for The Arc Participants that are chosen to be in the Talent Show.
I create the Talent Show program that are given to the parents / guardians that come to the Talent Show. After all of the songs are chosen, I burn them onto one CD so the Talent Show can run smoothly. I have been the official Talent Show organizer since 2008 and I love doing it!
So, that was another successful Talent Show is in The Arc’s history books! I’m so proud of my friends and grateful to the Staff Members to helping to make the great decorations. The other Participants and I can’t wait to do this all again next year!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope that everyone had a great end of your summer!
– Tameka H.