The Greatest Show on the Fourth of July!

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Tameka's July 2016 Blog Picture“The Greatest Show on the Fourth of July!”  

Hello everyone! I truly hope that everyone that reads my blog had a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration.

I had a fantastic Fourth of July celebration with my mom. We went to see the “Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Presents: Circus Xtreme” Show on Sunday, July 3rd. The ringmaster, David Shipman guided the audience on a quest around the world with the help of adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin. My favorite part was when we got to see to see women dressed as mermaids floating in the air. Mermaids are my favorite mythical beings, because from the time that I was a little girl, I could relate to them. I have many mermaid pictures and statues. All they ever wanted were a pair of human legs so they could be a part of the human world. Now I know why it’s called The Greatest Show On Earth!

On Friday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 5th, we celebrated America’s Independence Day by dressing in red, white, and blue clothing. I wore my red red and white striped shirt and my patriotic star shaped Star-Spangled atenna headband. We also made Fourth of July inspired arts and crafts, such as, Red, White, and Blue Lanterns Arts and Crafts, Liberty Crowns, American Flag Wind Socks, Patriotic Cookies, and Fourth of July Sunglasses.

I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, “The Night Before the Fourth of July” by Natasha Wing and “Hurray for the Fourth of July” by Wendy Watson. Being a part of my classroom named “The Press Club,” my fellow classmates and I read books to the other classrooms at The Arc. I love using my communicator to read audiobooks about the recent or upcoming holiday.

On Thursday, July 14th, the other Arc Participants and I had a water balloon day in The Arc’s Playground. Since I couldn’t join in the fun because of my electric wheelchair and communicator, (electric wheelchairs and communicators and water just don’t mix.) I asked The Arc’s  Development/Grants Coordinator, Ms. Andie Mclendon to take pictures for the July 2016 Newsletter. The pictures came out great! My thanks goes out to her for her help.

The month of July is the National Wheelchair Beautification Month.  On Friday, July 15th, the other Arc Participants and I that are in wheelchairs and walkers decided to decorate our chairs and walkers to have a parade to celebrate the month. I decided to decorate my electric wheelchair with cartoon clip art pictures of a circus, because I had so much fun at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Show. The National Wheelchair Beautification Month was founded by Horace Knowles.

The other Participants and I learned that The Lego Toy Company released in June 2016, a new collection featuring a mini-figure in a wheelchair. The Danish toy giant has created the Lego “City” play set. said Michael McNally, senior director of brand relations for Lego.

We learned that a wheelchair using doll named “Share a Smile Becky” was released in 1997 by the Mattel Company. She was not a version of Barbie herself but another character, a doll designed to be a friend of Barbie. I always wanted this doll when I was younger, but we could not find it. Although I wanted to put a remote control car battery on Becky’s wheelchair so that I could control her chair as I do my own.

Horace Knowles thought that it was a great idea to allow people to be able to decorate their wheelchairs and walkers and the other Arc Participants and I agree.

Special thanks to all of The Arc Staff Members for their work preparing for this year’s Wheelchair Parade.

Thank you for taking the time to read my July 2016 Blog.

I’ll be back next month with the highlights of the month of August and The Arc’s Life Enrichment Program’s Thirteenth Annual Summer Talent Show on Friday, August 19th inThe Arc’s Gym.

I hope that you have a fantastic end to your month of July!

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