M-I-C-K-E-Y, because The Arc loves Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Thanksgiving!

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“M-I-C-K-E-Y, because The Arc loves Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Thanksgiving!”

Hello, everyone! I hope that everyone is having a nice month of November, just like I and the other Arc Participants are having. The Participants made Thanksgiving inspired arts and crafts, such as, Mayflower Paper Ships, Popsicle Scarecrow faces.

On Friday, November 9th. We had a Thanksgiving Classroom Door Decorating Contest. Our door was decorated as a giant turkey. We titled our door, “Gobbling Up Thanksgiving.”

The other Arc Participants and I looked forward to celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by having a pie social gathering that we had on Thursday, November 15th and with our friends.

The other Arc Participants and I looked forward to celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by having a pie social gathering that we had on Thursday, November 15th and with our friends.

This month, I read Thanksgiving books to my fellow Arc Participants. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schultz, The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah, Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode and Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules.

On Friday, November 16th, some of the other Arc Participants and myself made Mickey Mouse pilgrim hats to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the 90th anniversary of the creation of the world’s favorite cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

While I was watching the TV special named Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, I found out that from November 4th to the 17th, 2018, people who take a photo showing o their Mickey Mouse ears – or any creative “ears” – and upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. For every public photo posted with #ShareYourEars, Disney will donate US $5 to Make-A-Wish, up to US $2 million to grant even more life-changing wishes. This is all part of the Disney Team of Heroes commitment to deliver comfort and inspiration to families around the world.  I decided that I would post a picture every day (until November 17th) on Facebook of myself wearing my Minnie Mouse ears and Mickey Mouse shirt.

Since 1980, Disney has helped Make-A-Wish grant more than 130,000 wishes – experiences that not only brighten lives but also help wish kids and their families replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.


The Make-a-Wish Foundation holds a special part in my heart. I am so grateful for the Make-a-Wish Foundation because they paid for my mother and me to Disney World in 1993, before I had an extensive series of orthopedic surgeries. Mickey and Minnie Mouse have always been one of my favorite Disney characters ever since I went to Disney World and met them in 1993 and in 2011. 

I read the book, Happy Birthday Mickey by Brooke Vitale. We learned that Mickey and Minnie officially debuted on November 18th, 1928 in Steamboat Willie, one of the first sound cartoons. Mickey went on to appear in over 130 films including, The Band Concert (1935,) Brave Little Tailor (1938,) and Fantasia (1940.) Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Nine of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character.  Mickey has also appeared in comic books and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club, originally airing in 1955 to 1959 and again in 1989 to 1996. Walt Disney got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse from his old pet mouse he used to have on his farm. “Mortimer Mouse” had been Disney’s original name for the character before his wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it, and ultimately Mickey Mouse came to be.  My favorite quote from Walt Disney is, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family and all my friends at The Arc.

I hope that everyone and their families who read my monthly blogs will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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