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:

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 →

Joyful June!

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Tameka PressThe 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

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.”

New Playground!

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Tameka PressHi, 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 →

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