Summer Fun in the San Antonio Sun!

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“Summer Fun in the San Antonio Sun!”

Hi, everyone! I hope that everybody is having a spectacular start to their summer vacation as we did at The Arc. In the week before Father’s Day which was on Sunday, June 18th, the Participants made arts and crafts gifts and Father’s Day cards with the help of The Arc Staff Members to give to the special men in their lives. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, “Froggy’s Day with Dad” written by Jonathan London. “Happy Father’s Day, Little Critter” written by Mercer Mayer and “The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad!” by Jan and Mike Berenstain. During the week of Monday, June 19th and Friday, June 23rd, some of the Participants and I made summer inspired arts and crafts such as Finger Painted Beach Ball Paper Plate Arts and Crafts to celebrate the start of the summer season on that day.

During the month of June, some of The Arc Participants and I made zoo and aquarium inspired arts and crafts and learned about the San Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio Aquarium to celebrate the fact that the month of June is the National Zoo and Aquarium Month. We learned that what is now known as the San Antonio Zoo began in 1914 when Colonel George Washington Brackenridge, one of the city’s leading citizens, placed bison, deer, monkeys, African lions, and bears on land he had deeded to the city. The land became Brackenridge Park and Golf Course.

My mom and I went to McDonald’s restaurants, so I could get two of their mini zoo animal beanie babies (available in the Happy Meal) to decorate my communicator for The Arc’s zoo theme week. I got a koala that I named Kyra and a giraffe that I named Geneive. Also, I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the book, “Elephants Can’t Dance Book” by Mo Wilems.

 Also, on Monday, June 19th, The Arc Staff Members and Participants and I had an “Aloha, Summer!” which we wore our favorite sunglasses to celebrate the International Surf Music Month, the holiday of World Oceans Day on Thursday, June 8th.

I wore my orange and black Harry Potter shirt that I got from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and my mom sowed my party sunglasses to my orange headband. The other Arc Participants and I had a great time having a celebration of Garfield the Cat, and everyone had a sensational supreme surf-tastic day!

To end my blog for June 2017, I would like to let everyone read the poem that I wrote for The Arc’s sixth Talent Show (in August 2009) to honor the late pop singer, Michael Jackson. This year will mark the eighth anniversary on Sunday, June 25th of Michael Jackson’s tragic passing.  I have been a huge fan of Michael Jackson since I was an itty bitty little girl and I felt compelled to write the poem to show my love for one of the most famous singers on Earth. 

“All Hail the King of Pop: A Tribute to Michael Jackson”

In 1958 in Gary, Indiana, you were born the seventh child to Katherine and Joseph. You came and changed our world, just like in the movies. In 1969, when you were young, you were the cutest part of the Jackson 5. You and your brothers taught us that ABC was as easy as 123, and you told us “Just call my name and I’ll be there.” Later on, in 1972, you told us about your friend by the name of “Ben.”  In 1978, you eased on down the road with Dorothy (Diana Ross) as the scarecrow in the movie, The Wiz. In 1979, When you started living off the wall, you made all the pretty young things want to rock with you, all night.  In 1982, you and the moonwalk became a thriller to millions of people. You were the first African-American to be shown on MTV with a glowing sidewalk and everything! You were so cool that in 1984, President Regan declared you to be an American role model. You set the highest record for a pop star, and to this day, no one can beat it. When 1985 came, you wanted to do more with your fame and fortune. You wanted to heal the world and end hunger. And so, you and that one glove co-wrote with Paul McCarthy a song for forty-five artists and raised forty-four million dollars. In 1987, you proved that you weren’t just bad; you were also a smooth criminal. After that, it didn’t matter whether the man in the mirror was black or white, we just can’t stop loving you. Do you remember the time in 1991 that you taught Michael Jordan how to jam? I do. You rocked my world with that video and many others. Even though, because of human nature, on June 25th, 2009, your fans sit around with their heads hanging down, wondering why did you go, and leave our world so cold and saying he’s gone too soon. Something whispers in our ears and says he’s not alone. He is with the souls that have passed on before him and they welcome him with open arms. Tough you are far away, your music is here to stay and you are always in my heart.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope that everyone will have a sensational summer!

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