Mothers Know Best that in a Galaxy, Far, Far, Away, Love and Laughter will Prevailed!

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“Mothers Know Best that in a Galaxy, Far, Far, Away, Love and Laughter will Prevailed!”

Hi, everybody! I hope that you had a fabulous month of May. I dedicate this month’s blog to my mother that’s always there for me, and to all the mothers of the world.

On Friday, April 5th,  The Arc’s Staff Member,  Michelle P., (Life Enrichment Instructor) received the third annual “Excellence in Caregiving Award” at Morgan’s Wonderland presented by the Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. This is the third year in a row that an Arc Staff Member has been chosen for this award. 

Arc Parents, Ms.  Sanjuanita C. and Ms. Michelle G. wrote in the nomination letter, “Michelle is a caregiver at The Arc of San Antonio, whose care and dedication for ‘my kiddos’ as she refers to them, goes unsurpassed.  Michelle gets up at 4:30 a.m. to catch two Via busses to get to 281 and Bitters; then walks a mile to arrive at   The Arc by 7:00  a.m. rain or shine she’s always punctual. Her attendance is perfect except for when she was in the hospital, and even then, she called into The Arc to check on ‘her kiddos’ from the hospital bed. Her amazing dedication for ‘her kiddos’ in her classroom gives me great peace of mind.  There are times when we go pick up my child and they don’t want to leave!  She helps those who are afraid to go to school and soon enough they are comfortable enough to look forward to going to school.  She helps out in every way she can and I am grateful knowing that I can go to work and my child is in good hands with Michelle.”

 For the thirteen years that I have been attending The Arc of San Antonio, there has been a few Arc Staff Members that have truly touch my heart, and Michelle is definitely one of them. She is the type of person who sees a person’s spirit, instead of their disability. Michelle saw my true self and she treats me as a regular person. I will always love Michelle for that. She is such a wonderfully funny person to be around. Michelle makes The Arc even more welcoming and I hope that she will continue to work here for a very long time.

 Everyone at The Arc of San Antonio truly believe that Michelle is the laughter and joy that makes The Arc feel so welcoming and they treasure her presence every day.                                     

Special thanks goes to Ms. Jaime J. (Program Manager of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation) and Ms. Becky T. (Assistant to Mr. Gordon Hartman and The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation Administrator) for providing the information for this article to be written.

On Wednesday, May 1st, the other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members celebrated the eightieth anniversary of the creation of the DC comic book superhero character named Batman. We learned that Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 on May 1st, 1939. We also learned about the Justice League film.  It features the DC Comics characters, Batman and Superman. Directed by Zack Snyder and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is a follow-up to 2016’s Man of Steel and is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe.

I have always been a Batman fan, since I was a little girl. I think that I ended up liking the character of Batman was partly because of the late singer, Prince was one of my favorite singers and he adored wearing the color purple like I do.

On Friday, May 3rd, the other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members commemorated Intergalactic Star Wars Day.  May 4th is considered to be a holiday by the Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture, books, and films, which started in 1977 directed by George Lucas. The date of May 4th has been chosen by fans around the world to correspond to the Jedi motto “May the Force be with you. The phrase used to wish luck or good will, generally when individuals parted ways or the object of the expression was facing some sort of challenge. We also learned that film is described as a space western. The film is centered on a young Han Solo and his adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, including their encounter with Lando Calrissian. I read, the 5-Minute Star Wars Stories: Yoda and The Count by Brooke Dworkin, Stéphane Roux, Trey King, Calliope Glass, Andy Schmidt, and Elizabeth Schaefer.

 On Saturday, May 4th, The Arc of San Antonio’s “Roses & Races” derby themed Gala Fundraiser was held at The La Cantera Resort and Spa to help raise funds for children and adults with special needs. This single event is the largest fundraiser for The Arc of       San Antonio. One of KSAT 12 Channel’s News Meteorologist, Ms. Sarah Spivey was the Mistress of Ceremonies. The Arc is also excited to announce that the presenting sponsor was once again The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. Mr. Gordon Hartman (Philanthropist and Creator and Owner of Morgan’s Wonderland) presented The Arc with a $25,000 donation. Arc V.I.P. Participant and 2018 Special Olympic gold medal winner, Shaun D. gave the invocation prayer to start the dinner.

The Arc of San Antonio is proud to continue its tradition of honoring people who make a significant impact in the San Antonio community. This award is named for the Hartman family, known for their dedication to serving our special needs community This year, The Arc honors Mrs. Barbara B. Gentry for her amazing support                  

The Arc, our friends with special needs, and the San Antonio community at large.

A true Instrument of Social Change, Barbara selflessly and unceasingly gives of time, talent, and treasure. She is a voice, a champion, for all those underserved in their community and The Arc of San Antonio is proud to recognize her as their 2019 Hartman Humanitarian Award Recipient. The Participants and Staff Members are very thankful to all those who attended and donated to The Arc. This year’s “Roses and Races” Gala successfully raised $206,337.88!

During the week of Monday, May 6th to Friday, May 10th, the other Participants and I made Mother’s Day arts and crafts to give the special women in their lives. I read, The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing, Does A Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle and A Pinkalicious Mother’s Day Surprise by Victoria Kann.

My mom and I decided that we would to go to the ice-skating show, Disney on Ice presents: Mickey’s Search Party as a mother / daughter Mother’s Day outing. Disney on Ice combines the incredible talents of world-class ice skaters and heartwarming Disney stories, lavish costumes, dazzling lighting and enchanting music to create an extraordinary show for families around the world. Each year, a new production of Disney on Ice is created to bring favorite Disney characters to families around the world. My mom and I really enjoy going the ice skating every year as our family tradition. We get to bond over which Disney characters and princesses are our favorites.

On Thursday, May 23rd, some of the Arc Participants and I and the Staff Members wore red clothes or handmade red noses to support the Red Nose Day Campaign and Charity. I wore an all red outfit and my mom decorated my nose with red make up because the rubber noses won’t stay on. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, I chose to read Seeing Red by Robert Munsch. A funny story about friends Alex and Arie who both envy the color of the other’s hair. A series of hilarious practical jokes start.

The Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The money raised for the Red Nose Day Fund in 2019 will go to charities working on the ground to deliver the basic needs of kids living in poverty. People across the country will come together to have fun and raise funds and awareness.

In the first four years of its creation, the Red Nose Day Campaign has raised over $100 million, impacting more than 8.3 million children in America and around the world. The Red Nose Day Campaign returned to the NBC Channel on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019. Leading up to the star-studded night of programming, celebrations for Red Nose Day engage millions of Americans across the country.

If you would like to have more information on The Red Nose Campaign, please feel free to go to:

I am so very thankful to have my mom in my life. I love her so much!

For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend,  I read the book, Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Golding.

I hope that you and your family had a great Mother’s Day and a wonderful start to your summer season and may the force be with you.

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