Hi everyone! The month of February was incredible at The Arc of San Antonio. The Arc Staff Members, the other Participants and I would like to congratulate Arc Staff Member, Ms. Brooke K. (The Arc’s Director of Child Care) on the birth of her beautiful seven pounds and ten ounces baby girl named Olivia Anne on Sunday, February 2nd. We welcome baby Olivia into our Arc family with open arms and hearts. Read More →
Every year, an USAA employee will buy a Participant a holiday gift that he or she has wished for. I asked for the book, “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stoh. The other Arc Participants and I are so thankful to the company of USAA, its employees and Santa Claus for making the holiday season, very jolly. 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. Read More →
The video was originally filmed in March 2013. The video features interviews with Bertha and myself discussing what it’s like living with a disability, (we both have different types of Cerebral Palsy) being best friends, and attending The Arc of San Antonio. Bertha and I are very proud of ourselves and are happy to represent what The Arc is all about. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEB7_C4DBsg
The video was made by Ms. Heather Angel Chandler (Producer) of the Innovative Multimedia Group which creates many types of videos, animations and web development. The award was given on November 9, 2013 in the category of Human Interest News feature.
Bertha and I were told in October that the video was nominated. Bertha and I got very excited that the video might actually win an Emmy. The weekend of the Emmy Awards, I kept checking the Lone Star Emmy’s website and to see if Ms. Heather had won the Emmy. Bertha and I actually live a few minutes from each other. So Bertha was on the same VIA Transportation van as I was. I used my communicator to go online and check the Emmy Award announcements.
When Bertha and I found out that the video won an Emmy, we celebrated all of the way to The Arc!
The Lone Star Emmy represents the most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of Texas’ nineteen television markets.
We do so many cool Halloween activities that I have to wait until November 1st to send out the October Newsletter so I can include everything. On Thursday, October 10th, volunteers from C.H. Guenther and Sons hosted a Fall Carnival that was a part of the United Way’s “Days of Caring” Campaign. They brought volunteers who made sure that the Participants had a great time. There was lots of games and prizes. Because of my Cerebral Palsy I can’t use my hands, so my friends Bertha and Julian helped me play the Carnival games. With my friends’ help, I won a really awesome purple cup that changes color. I truly appreciate them. The Participants and Staff Members had a fantastic day at the Fall Carnival. Read More →
We want to bring an awareness to people who don’t have disabilities they are the same as everyone else.
I helped Bertha of organize her “Let’s Make a Difference” Club and she made me the Vice President of the club.
Hi, everybody! I had so much fun in the month of August.
I got to go to Camp C.A.M.P. (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential) with one of my best friends from The Arc. A lot of the other Arc Participants went to Camp the same week as I went.
Camp C.A.M.P. is a special camp for children and adults with disabilities. We went canoeing, did archery, and my favorite, swimming in the pool, everyday. I had a a great time. Read More →
The month of June was very joyful for me and the rest of The Arc Participants. The other Arc’s V.I.P. (Volunteer Involvement Program) Participants and I were winners on Thursday, June 20th. We won the Group Community Service Award for our volunteer service to Meals on Wheels of San Antonio! Last year, The Arc V.I.P.S. and I performed over 22,000 hours in volunteer service with local non-profits!
Also, on Wednesday, June 19th, The other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members celebrated “Garfield the Cat” Day by dressing in orange clothing and reading the “Garfield” comics from the San Antonio Express News and www.garfield.com.
We learned that Garfield the Cat was created by the cartoonist, Jim Davis on Monday, June 19th, 1978. The other Participants and I also learned that Garfield’s creator named the lazy, lasagna-loving cat after his grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis. We also learned that though it is rarely said in print, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana, the home of Jim Davis. According to the comic strip, Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant named Mama Leoni’s. and immediately ate all the pasta and lasagna in sight, developing his love and obsession for lasagna. Garfield hates Mondays, always having bad luck on this weekday. Garfield is not only shown in the comic strips. He has been featured in two live-action films, “Garfield: The Movie” and “Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties” Garfield has two television shows, “Garfield and Friends” which ran on CBS Saturday mornings from September 17th, 1988 to December 10th, 1994. My absolute favorite Saturday morning cartoon when I was a little girl in North Carolina (next to “The Smurfs” and the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) Also, “The Garfield Show” which runs on the cable channel named Boomerang, the sister station of Cartoon Network since 2012. Although, Garfield often treats his owner Jon, and Jon’s dog, Odie terribly, it is indicated that he does indeed care for them.
The other Arc Participants and I had a great time having a celebration of Garfield the Cat, and the best part of all, as Garfield would say, “It wasn’t on a Monday.”
Hi, everybody! I wanted to tell everyone about the great thing that happened at The Arc this month. On Tuesday, June 4th, one-hundred and seventy-nine volunteers from H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions came to The Arc of San Antonio (on West Avenue) to help build a brand new playground, including accessible garden beds, a newly repaired wheelchair swing, (which I think is really cool) and many beautiful trees and plants for the Participants to enjoy. Read More →
The month of May went by really fast at The Arc of San Antonio. On Wednesday, May 1st, the other Arc Participants and I, and the Staff Members celebrated the 74th anniversary of the creation of the DC comic book superhero character named Batman. We learned that Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 on May 1st, 1939. Read More →