Hi, it’s me, Tameka. I have a disability named Cerebral Palsy, and I use a communicative device. I’m going to be your guide into the very busy world of The Arc’s Participants. The Participants definitely had a delightful December, as you will see.
This is my favorite time of the year to attend The Arc. I love all of the Classroom holiday activities and celebrations. I love making all of the certificates that will be awarded to The Arc’s classrooms during the holiday decoration contests. This year, I’m especially proud of myself because for the first time ever, I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) I read my favorite holiday books to my fellow Arc Participants, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr.Seuss and “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Alsburg. On Monday, December 1st and Tuesday, December 2nd, groups of The Arc’s V.I.P. Participants went to help wrap holiday gifts at The Elf Louise Christmas Project. The Elf Louise Organization is dedicated to providing joy to Bexar County’s less fortunate children. They have over 4,500 volunteers wrap gifts and deliver toys during the Christmas season. My friends in The Arc’s V.I.P. Program and Press Club Participants also sang carols to some of San Antonio’s senior citizens at the Sonterra Health Center on Friday, December 18th. I am very proud of my friends to be willing to give their time so generously during this time of year.
On Thursday, December 10th, The Arc of San Antonio and the USAA Company had a holiday pizza party where each Participant received their gift from an USAA employee. This year, I ask for the 2015 live action version of Disney’s “Cinderella” and Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” DVDs. I wore my favorite holiday candy cane attenas and Christmas lights shirt. Even Santa Claus took time away from getting ready at the North Pole to attend the party. Santa had a slice of his favorite kind of pizza: candy cane and pepperoni.
Every year, an USAA employee will buy a Participant a holiday gift that he or she has wished for. The Arc of San Antonio is so thankful to the company of USAA, its employees and Santa Claus for making the holiday season, very jolly.
The Arc other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members were treated with a holiday visit on Tuesday, December 22nd from Mr. Doug W. and his band named, “The Winning Hand.” Mr. W. and his band visited The Arc to sing holiday songs for everyone. The Arc would like thank Mr. W. and his band for so generously giving their time to make our day filled with holiday joy.
On Friday, December 11th, we had a Holiday Classroom Door Decorating Contest
The First Place Certificate was Classroom 7. Their decoration theme was, “Extreme Makeover: Gingerbread Home Edition.” This was my favorite door decoration.. The Second Place Certificate was awarded to Classroom 2. Their decoration theme was, “Styrofoamy the Snowman.” A 3-D snowman made out of styrofoam cups.
The Third Place Certificate awarded to Classroom 9. Their decoration theme was, “Santa’s Chimney Conundrum.”
The Honorable Mention Certificate was awarded to Classroom 9. Their decoration theme was a police line up of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas named, “Whoville’s Most Wanted.”
My classroom holiday door decoration theme was named “Warmest Wreath Wishes.”
Special thanks goes to the Upstairs Arc Staff Members, Ms. Allison C., (CLASS Case Manager) Ms. Brooke K., (CLASS Community / Education Coordinator) and Ms. Heather L. (Support Services Coordinator) for being such sensational Holiday Classroom Door Judges for 2015.
All of The Arc Participants and Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of their Holiday Door Decorations.
To finish out the month, my class and I On Wednesday, December 9th, we wore our favorite seasonal sweaters and shirts to celebrate the holiday season. I wore my new green Snoopy shirt that I got as an early Christmas gift. Everyone had a gleeful day wearing their holiday apparel.
On Wednesday, December 16th, The Arc Participants had a Holiday Classroom Gingerbread Creations Contest. The goal is to make the most interesting and creative buildings out of gingerbread or graham crackers.
The First Place Certificate was Classroom 4. Their decoration theme was, “The Christmas Cheer Cottage.”
The Second Place was awarded to Classroom 7. Their decoration theme was, “The Prestigious Pretzel Palace.”
The Third Place Certificate awarded to Classroom 1. Their decoration theme was, “A Very Merry Mini Minions’ Christmas Campfire.”
The Honorable Mention Certificate was awarded to Classroom 10 (V.I.P.S.) Their decoration theme was, “The Gingerbread Man’s Hacienda Hideaway.”
Special thanks goes to the Upstairs Arc Staff Members, Ms. Allison C., (CLASS Case Manager) Ms. Keri O., (CLASS Case Manager) and Ms. Liz P. (Administrative Assistant) for being such sensational Holiday Classroom Gingerbread Creations Judges for 2015.
All of The Arc Participants and Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of their Holiday Gingerbread Creations.
On Thursday, December 17th, the Upstairs Staff Members had their annual Holiday Office Decoration Contest, judged by my fellow Press Club Participant, Maranda, myself, and V.I.P. Participant, Samantha M.
The Arc Participants are very happy to announce that the First Place Certificate winners for the Most Creatively Colorful Holiday Office Decorations named “Buddy the Elf’s (from the movie, “Elf”) Naughty ‘n’ Nice Christmas Party” are CLASS Case Managers, Ms. Liz P., (Administrative Assistant) Ms. Jill K., (CLASS Case Manager) Ms. Laura L., (CLASS Case Manager) and Ms. Elisha B. (CLASS Case Manager.)
The Second Place Certificate winners for the most Ingeniously Imaginative Winter Wonderland Office Holiday Decorations named “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” are Case Managers, Ms. Kim F., (CLASS Case Manager) Ms. Janie S., (CLASS Case Manager) Ms. Keri O., (CLASS Case Manager) Ms. Vicki V., and Ms. Sheila B. (CLASS Case Manager.)
The Third Place Certificate winners for the most Fantastically Festive and Outstandingly One of a Kind
Office Holiday Decorations named “Surrounded by Christmas Cheer” were Ms. Brooke K., (CLASS Case Manager) and Ms. Allison C. (CLASS Case Manager.) The Honorable Mention Certificate winner for the most Charming and Cheerful Office Holiday Decorations with True Holiday Spirit named “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Paper Weight” was Ms. Jinx M. (Facilities Coordinator)
All of the Upstairs Staff Members were very proud of their Holiday Decoration Creations.
So, that was the delightful month of December for The Arc Participants. I’ll be back next time with the highlights of the joyful month of January and the start of the year of 2016.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
I hope you and your family had a great and safe holiday and a nifty New Year celebration.