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Joyful June

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tameka blog picHi, it’s me Tameka.  The other Arc Participants and I had a wonderful start to the summer season. To celebrate the upcoming start of the season of summer on Monday, June 2nd, we made summertime inspired arts and crafts, such as “Happy Sunshine  Plates.”

Also, The Arc of San Antonio celebrates its 60th anniversary this month. Founded on June 25th, 1954 by parents who wanted to create a network of support and services for children with special needs. Throughout history, The Arc has responded to the changing needs in our community by developing programs and partnerships that address the most critical issues facing people living with physical / developmental disabilities. Today, The Arc offers one of the largest programs of services for children and adults with a wide range of developmental / physical abilities. They help over 300 children and adults with disabilities each day.

I love coming to The Arc because everyone makes me feel excepted and respected. I have a great job The Arc’s Newsletter Editor in Chief and Blogger and I get to be with all of of my friends everyday. The Arc of San Antonio has two locations at 13430 West Avenue and 6530 Wurzbach Road.

In the week before Father’s Day which was on Sunday, June 15th, 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 helped my friends choose Father’s Day poems.

On Thursday, May 22nd, The Participants in the classroom that I am in, The Arc’s Volunteer Involvement Program, also known as The V.I.P.S., planted perennial fruits and vegetables in The Arc’s Playground because the approaching month of June is Perennial Gardening Month. With the guidance of a Volunteer Instructor from the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas named Rachel H. We planted asparagus, basil, onions, and tomatoes seeds. The V.I.P. Participants can’t wait to see what grows from our hard work.

So, that was the start of my summer season. I can tell that the rest of the summer season is going to be awesome, especially since the San Antonio Spurs are the 2014 NBA Champions! Go Spurs!

An Absolutely Festive April

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tameka fiestaHi, everyone! I hope that everyone has a fabulous time at this year’s Fiesta; I sure did! In North Carolina, we didn’t have anything like Fiesta. So, Fiesta is my favorite time of year (until Halloween comes) On Friday, April 11th, the Case Managers and Administrative Staff Members that work in the upstairs offices at The Arc had a Fiesta decoration contest. My friends and I were the Fiesta Office Decoration Judges.

My friends and I are very happy to say that the First Place Certificate was awarded to Case Managers, Edna T., Jill K., Laura L., and Liz P. Their decoration theme was, “The Merry Mariachis and the Delighted Dancers.” My favorite of thing was their blow up cactus with a Mariachi’s mustache.

The Second Place Certificate was awarded to Class Program Case Managers, Ms. Kim F., Ms. Jane S., and Mr. Steven G. Their decoration theme was, “Filled with Fiesta Fun!” I especially liked their Fiesta flags that were hanging from the ceiling.

The Third Place Certificate was awarded to Case Managers, Ms. Celsa A. and Ms. Sheila H. Their decoration theme was, “Las mujeres misteriosas con Fiesta Flores en el pelo,” or “The Mysterious Women with Fiesta Flowers in their Hair.” They were the very beautiful that day. The Honorable Mention Certificate was awarded to Development/Communications Coordinator, Ms. Joanna P. Her decoration theme was, “Joining in the Fiesta!” Her sombrero fit her just right.

All of the Case Managers and Administrative Staff Members had a great time celebrating the Fiesta season and decorating their work areas.

On Friday, April 25th, The Arc had a Classroom Fiesta Door Decorating Contest. The First Place Certificate winners were The Arc Participants in Classroom 10, The V.I.P.S. This is my classroom and our decoration theme was, “Taco ’bout a Great Class!” We made different paper tacos with everybody’s names on them. I helped decorated the lettering that go went on our door.

The Second Place Certificate winners were Classroom 7.
The Third Place Certificate winners were Classroom 9.
The winners of the Honorable Mention Certificate Classroom Fiesta Float Building Contest was, Classroom 2.

On Friday, April 25th, The other Arc Participants and I and the Staff Members decided that they would commemorate the Fiesta celebrations by gathering in The Arc’s Gym and watching the “Battle of Flowers” Parade on the website of San Antonio’s local ABC channel, KSAT 12 with our friends. My friends ate nachos and chalupas. We also listened to      Mariachi music, had fun hitting piñatas, and dressing up in Fiesta clothing.   I wore my new Fiesta shirt, Fiesta Medal (that I got from The Arc to help in The Arc’s Fund Raiser) and my purple Fiesta Flower Halo. Also, The Arc had a Classroom Fiesta Float Building Contest. The First Place Certificate winners of the Classroom Fiesta Float Building Contest was, Classroom 1.

Also, The Arc had a Classroom Fiesta Float Building Contest.
The First Place Certificate winners of the Classroom Fiesta Float Building Contest was, Classroom 1.

Everyone at The Arc had a wonderfully festive Fiesta day!

Magical March

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tameka greenHi. I hope that everyone that reads my blog is having a magical month of March so far.  March is my favorite month of all because we do so many different Saint Patrick’s Day themed arts and
crafts projects and my birthday is at the end of the month. On Friday, March 7th, The Arc Staff Members and Participants (including The Arc’s Wurzbach Road Location V.I.P. Participants) had a barbecue to celebrate the start of the spring season. I enjoyed seeing all of my friends from the Arc of San Antonio / Pam Stephens’ Center. The other Arc Participants and Arc Staff Members would like to thank Arc Staff Members, Eddie P. and Edward L. for grilling up all of those delicious hamburgers and hot dogs.

For National Irish American Heritage Month, The Arc had a Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration on Monday, March 17th, where some of the Participants and Staff Members wore green clothing and read stories about the country of Ireland and leprechauns and their pots of gold. I wore my shamrock antennas and painted my fingernails neon green and gold. Also, I took pictures of my fellow Arc Participants and Staff Members for the March 2014 edition of The Arc’s Newsletter. I love celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day at The Arc, it’s so much fun!

On Tuesday, March 4th, we made colorful masks and wore gold, purple, and green necklaces to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I liked watching all of my friends make unique Mardi Gras masks that fit their personalities. We had a grand time having our own Mardi Gras festivities.

tameka hawaiin On Wednesday, March 12th, we had a “Aloha, Arc!” which we wore our favorite Hawaiian shirts to celebrate the upcoming National Week of The Ocean Festival Sea-son on Thursday, March 13th. I wore my uncle’s old Hawaiian shirt and my favorite rainbow colored lei. Also, the other Participants and I learned that the Hawaiian word for cool is: ‘Olu’olu. Everyone at The Arc had a very ‘Olu’olu Hawaiian day. So, that was what it was like this month at The Arc. I hope that everyone will have an amazing month of April. I can’t wait for Fiesta!

 

Fabulous February

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1623663_10202607257077036_1277372091_nHi 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 →

A Joyful Season It Was…

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Christmas 2013Every 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 →

We won an EMMY??

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Best FriendsMy best friend, Bertha, and I learned that a news feature video named “Best Friends” featuring us won an EMMY!

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.

Ghoulish Time at The Arc of San Antonio

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Tameka halloween 2013It’s was once again one of my favorite times at The Arc, October.

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 →

Let’s Make A Difference

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BandTIn this blog, I want to introduce everybody to my best friend in Texas, Bertha J. She created the “Let’s Make a Difference” Club in the Fall of 2012. Her vision for the club is for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities to reach out into their community and offer knowledge and understanding of people dealing with their disabilities. Bertha realized how important starting this club was because she knows how difficult living with a disability. Bertha has a disability named Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral Palsy is a disability that affects thousands of people each year. It’s not contagious, which means you can’t catch it.  Some kids with Cerebral Palsy or C.P. use wheelchairs and others walk with the help of crutches or braces. In some cases, a person’s speech may be affected or the person might not be able to speak at all.

Bertha and I became friends in 2005 at Camp C.A.M.P. (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential) A camp for people with special needs.

Bertha, I, and her fellow “Let’s Make a Difference” Club Members are trying to be advocates for those individuals who can’t speak for themselves.

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.

Bertha is a great person and best friend. See is a funny person to be around. She likes the same type of music and movies as I do. We even have the same electric wheelchair (except my wheelchair is purple) I have someone that is on my level.

I’m very proud of her.  You can see us in our You Tube Video: Best Friends 

Awesome August

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Tameka camp

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 →

A “Beary” Good Day

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Tameka PressOn Wednesday, July 10th, The other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members celebrated the creation (on July 10th, 1932, by songwriter, James Kennedy) of the famous children’s song, “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” by bringing our stuffed not bears to The Arc. I brought my very favorite purple teddy bear that I named Lavender. (She was a gift from one of my favorite people at The Arc for doing such a great job with “The Arc Times” Newsletter.
The other Participants and I learned that Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was  the 26th President of the United States. He is the person responsible for giving the “teddy bear” his name.  Read More →
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