People say "Count Your Blessings." What are you thankful for? I'm thankful for God and my family. Without my family, I do not know where I would be. In celebration of Thanksgiving, I am so excited to share with you some interesting facts of one of my all-time favorite traditions of watching The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my family.
1.) The first parade was 11/27/1924 and it was six miles long. It was first known as The Macy's Christmas Parade.
2.) It was aired on the radio for the first time in 1932.
3.) It was broadcasted for the first time on television in 1946.
4.) It was cancelled three times from the years 1942 to 1944 due to the shortage of helium and rubber from The War Effort.
5.) The first parade was like a circus. They had used zoo animals from The Central Park which scared some people. For future parades, the animals were replaced by balloons of characters that we know and love. It was a massive hit ever since.
6.) Tony Sarg was a puppeteer and the first person to fill the balloons in 1927.
I WISH EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
Why would you go anywhere else but Reach for the STARS for your $1.00 cards? Each card is individually made by hand. Christmas Time is Almost Here; Happiness and Cheer!! I'm so excited to be sharing with you that we are making new cards to be put out in the store. The steps to make a card are:
1.) Grab a Card Base
2.) Grab a few pieces of scrapbook paper (sometimes we color the paper with ink by Tim Holts and Gina K)
3.) Glue the pieces of scrapbook paper onto the card base
4.) Stamp a message (example: Merry Christmas to You or Let it Snow, Let it Snow) on the card
5.) Stamp logo on the back of the card
Two of my favorite things to do to make a card is stamping our logo on the back of the card, and packaging the cards to put out in the store.
Recently our Transition Class had the amazing opportunity to work with one of our local vendors. Toni Prentice is a talented artist who displays her artwork at Reach for the STARS. Toni taught us about creating bead art from the beginning to the end. Materials we used included wood, stencils, glue and beads.
Some of the bead art that each student designs consisted of a Christmas tree, a reindeer, a rose, a star and a spring day. I had an awesome time doing the bead art craft. What I like about crafts like this is being able to be creative and the sense of pride felt seeing the end result. I would like to give a shout out to Toni and say thank you for coming in and teaching us how to do the craft and giving us some tips.
We are members of the CCESC Transition Program, learning to improve our work, daily living, and social skills through our store, gallery, and community invovement.