Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I use a communicator, and I have Cerebral Palsy. I’m going to be your guide into the very busy world of The Arc’s Participants. The other Participants and I definitely had a magical and mystical month of March.
March is one of my favorite month to be at The Arc. We have so many things to be happy about and to celebrate. I especially have a very special date to celebrate, my birthday!
On Friday, March 2nd, some of The Arc Participants and Staff Members celebrated what would have been the 114th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel also known as Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss published forty-six children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, and rhyme. His most celebrated books include the bestselling books: Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including eleven television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series. We also learned about an upcoming American 3D computer-animated Christmas film named The Grinch played by the actor Benedict Cumberbatch produced by Illumination Entertainment. The film is scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, November 9th, 2018.
Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, (1904) has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
For National Irish American Heritage Month, The Arc had a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration and a start of the season of spring dance on Friday, March 16th, where some of the other Participants and I and Staff Members wore green clothing, made arts and crafts projects such as, Shamrock Mobiles and read stories about the country of Ireland and leprechauns and their pots of gold. During the week of Monday, March 12th to Friday, March 16th, we built leprechaun trapping boxes in celebration of the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.
Even though we didn’t catch any leprechauns, the other Participants and I enjoyed the chocolate coins that the little tricky elves left behind.
For the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day holiday, I use my communication device to read, (with the help of You Tube) How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, Clever Tom and the Leprechaun by Linda Shute, Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook and Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson to my fellow
I wore my “Pot ‘o Gold” Saint Patrick’s Day shirt, my shamrock shaped antennas that bopped around when I move my head and my new green headband that has the word “BOSS” in gold letters (in honor of the month of March being Women’s History Month,) and my rainbow-colored Hawaiian lei necklace. Also, my mom painted my fingernails neon green with gold glitter and my tray on my electric wheelchair was decorated with a green feathered boa.
On Wednesday, March 7th, to celebrate National Cereal Day, some of the other Arc Participants and I made Lucky Charms Cereal Doorknob Hangers. We learned that the Lucky Charms cereal was created in 1962 by John Holahan.
An advertising company employed by General Mills and Company suggested marketing the new cereal around the idea of charm bracelets. Thus, the charms of the Lucky Charms cereal were born. Lucky Charms is the first cereal to include marshmallows in the recipe. The mascot of the Lucky Charms cereal is Lucky the Leprechaun, also known as Sir Charms, and originally called L.C. Leprechaun. Created in 1963, the cartoon character’s voice was supplied by Arthur Anderson until 1992.
We learned that the marshmallows are meant to represent Lucky’s magical charms, each with their own special meaning or “power.” The following are explanations of the permanent marshmallows: Hearts are the power to bring things to life, Shooting Stars are the power to fly, Horseshoes are the power to speed things up, Clovers are the power of luck, but you will never know what kind of luck you’ll get, Blue Moons are the power of invisibility, Rainbows are the instantaneous travel from place to place, Balloons are the power to make things float, and Hourglasses are the power to control time. This year, for the first time in ten years Lucky Charms added a new permanent marshmallow, the Magical Unicorn. Its powers are unknown. I love unicorns and I think that this new marshmallow is totally awesome!
The other Participants and I felt really lucky to be able to learn such cool facts about the Lucky Charms Cereal brand.
I love celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day because it’s officially two weeks before my birthday!
I would like to tell everyone that The Arc is selling its “Arc Fiesta 2018” Medals for our Fund Raiser. Each Medal is available in
The Arc’s front office for: $10.00.
If you would like to purchase an Arc Fiesta Medal, please feel free to contact Ms. Carol Maclane (The Arc’s Receptionist / Administrative Assistant at the West Avenue Location) by telephone at: (210) 490-4300, extension 100, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds will go towards The Arc’s Fund Raiser.
So, that was the magical and mystical month of March for The Arc Participants.
I’ll be back next time with the highlights of the amazing month of April and The Arc’s Fiesta 2018 Festivities. I love The Arc’s 2018 Fiesta Medal! I can’t wait for Fiesta!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that everyone that reads my blog will have a great ending to the month of March as I will!
I will be celebrating my birthday!