The Arc Jingles All of the Way Through the Holidays with USAA and Season’s Greetings from Santa!

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“The Arc Jingles All of the Way Through the Holidays with USAA and Season’s Greetings from Santa!”

Hi, it’s me, Tameka.  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. My mom decorated my electric wheelchair with holiday decorations that I picked out and I wear a holiday season headband (that I call ears) every day. But my favorite holiday tradition is to paint my fingernails like merry little Christmas trees and wearing holiday shirts. 

I love being the Newsletter Editor-in-Chief and Blogger at this time of year because I get to show everyone who reads the Newsletter and my Blog all of our holiday Arc family traditions that we have! This month, I read some of my favorite holiday books to my fellow Arc Participants with the website YouTube and my communication device, How to Trick a Christmas Elf by Sue Fliess, Merry Christmas, Curious George by Catherine Hapka and Santa Claus vs. The Easter Bunny by Fred Blunt.

The Arc would like to thank The Kronkosky Foundation for their donation of $100,000 on Thursday, December 12th, from in honor of Ms. Bessie Mae Kronkosky’s (deceased) birthday on Friday, December 13th. The Baptist Health Foundation for their donation of $75,000 on Thursday, December 12th, for the Adult Living Enrichment Program. Mr. Robert and Mr. Dain Franks for their donation of $10,000 for the Family Support Services Program on Wednesday, December 18th. The Finn Family Foundation for their donation of $10,000 for the Family Support Services Program on Wednesday, December 18th for the general operating of The Arc.  Also, on Monday, December 9th, Mr. Cory from H-E-B serendipitously dropped by with a donation of two televisions for the Adult Life Enrichment Program. H-E-B is an inspiring leader in our community, championing employment for those with different abilities, and we are proud to call them friends. 

The Arc of San Antonio is so incredibly thankful for everyone who makes donations to us. You keep The Arc such a wonderful place to be with friends and learn about new things. The Arc just isn’t day habitation centers, it feels like a home with a family that takes care and loves each other every day.

On Tuesday, December 3rd, one of my favorite Arc traditions happened. With the help of some of the Staff Members, my fellow Participants

decorated The Arc’s Christmas tree. I love watching my friends’ faces light up with joy as they put ornaments on our tree. This always makes me feel like the holiday season has officially started (Well, that and hearing Mariah Carey’s 

“All I want for Christmas is You” or the Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on the radio.)

On Thursday, December 12th, The Arc of San Antonio and the USAA Insurance Company had a holiday party where each Participant received their gift from a USAA employee. This year, I ask for a Disney Store Princess Rapunzel Light Up Royal Scepter.

I wore my reindeer antlers that are wrapped up with Christmas bells, I wore my red Santa Claus suit sweater that my mother bought as one of my Christmas gifts. Even Santa Claus took time away from getting ready at the North Pole to attend the party and played a game of basketball with the other Participants.

Every year, a 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.

On Friday, December 13th, The Arc Participants had a Holiday Classroom Gingerbread Creations Contest. I love watching everyone’s creativity come to life and then being able to write about it in the monthly Newsletter.

The First Place Certificate for the most Scrumptiously Smart and Deliciously Delightful gingerbread creation was awarded to LEAP Classroom 2. 

Their decoration theme was, “Santa’s Peppermint Palace.”

The Second Place Certificate for the most Majestically Merry and Magical and Spellbindingly Seasonal gingerbread creation was awarded to Classroom 4. Their decoration theme was, “The Candy Corner Cottage.”

The Third Place Certificate for the most Fantastically Funny and Amazingly Amusing gingerbread creation awarded to Leap Classroom 8.        

Their decoration theme was, “The Cabin Fever Festival.”

The Fourth Place Certificate for the most Jovially Jolly or Creatively Cheerful gingerbread creation was awarded to Classroom 10 (V.I.P.S.)

Their decoration theme was, “The Merry Christmas Motel.”

All of The Arc other and Participants and I and Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of their Holiday Gingerbread Creations. 

Also, on Friday, December 13th, The Arc Participants had a Holiday Classroom Door Decorating Contest.

The First Place Certificate for the most Outstandingly Ornate or Glitteringly Glamourous Holiday Classroom was awarded to Classroom 12. Their class door decoration theme was “Let it Snow!”

The Second Place Certificate for the most Seasonally Splendiferous or Lustrously Luxurious was awarded to Classroom 1. Their class door decorations theme was the “Mini Santas Convention.”

My favorite door adornment belongs to Classrooms 2 and 3; their doors were decorated together as a gingerbread house. Their class door decorations theme was named “Hansel and Gretel’s Holiday Hacienda.” 

The Third Place Certificate was awarded to Classroom 9. Their class door decoration theme was “The Arc’s Dancing Elves.” This door was decorated with pictures of the Class’ Participants and cut-outs of dancing elf bodies and Christmas lights. 

I’m very proud to say that the Fourth Place Certificate was awarded to my Classroom for the most Vividly Vibrant or Uncommonly Unique Classroom Holiday Door Decorations. Our class door decoration theme was a snow woman named, “Ms. Betty Blizzard of Snowdrift Valley.”

Our special thanks goes to The Arc Staff Members, Laura L. (CLASS Case Manager) and Jane S. (CLASS Case Manager) for being such amazing Classroom Holiday Door and Gingerbread Creation judges.

All of The Arc other and Participants and I and Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of their Holiday Door Decorations. 

To finish out the month, on Friday, December 20th, we wore our favorite seasonal sweaters and shirts to celebrate the holiday season. I wore my new red and plaid holiday tuxedo shirt that I loved choosing the holiday music for the dance especially from the Everyone had a gleeful day wearing their holiday apparel.

 I want to thank everyone who has read my blog all year long. I truly appreciate each and every one of you. You have to share in my triumphs and my greatest sorrows of this year. I am so happy that you were with me on my journey throughout the year at The Arc. 

So, that was the delightful month of December for The Arc Participants.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

I hope you and your family will have a great and safe holiday season and a nifty New Year celebration.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone and I’ll see you in 2020!         

– Tameka

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