Nice November Ovations!

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tamekas-november-2016-blog-picture“Nice November Ovations!”

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 and went on classroom outings to a local Jim’s Restaurant to have Thanksgiving themed luncheons.

The other Arc Participants and I looked forward to celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by having a pie social gathering that we had on Wednesday, November 16th and with our friends.

On Friday, November 18th, we had a Thanksgiving and Scarecrow Classroom Door Decorating Contest. My new classroom named “The Press Club” (we’re responsible for making the informational flyers that are passed out and sent home with the Participants. Updating the bulletin boards around The Arc. Also, keeping the other classrooms informed about the activities that go on during the week.) Our door was decorated with the Atlantic Ocean and tiny Mayflower ships. We named our door decoration, “The U.S.S. Mayflower.”

This month, my classmates and I read Thanksgiving stories to our fellow Arc Participants. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, “Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pilkey, “Arthur’s Thanksgiving” by Marc Brown and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” by Charles M. Schulz.

Also, on Friday, November 18th, some of the other Arc Participants and myself made Mickey Mouse pilgrim hats to celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday and the 88th anniversary of the creation of the world’s favorite cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

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. 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.” ~Walt Disney.

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

I hope that everyone and their families had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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