h HighThe Greenwich Association for Retarded Citizens (G.A.R.C.) of Greenwich High
The Greenwich Association for Retarded Citizens (G.A.R.C.) of Greenwich
High is a group of students interested in interacting with disabled students.
These students go to the high school as well, and look forward to getting to
know us. Each of the students have different disabilities but they each have
the desire to make friends. This group is totally volunteer basis for all of
it’s members, no one has to attend. I have been a member of this group for the
three years I have attended in Greenwich High. Spending a lot of time with
these children I have learned to understand that they are just looking to make
I joined this group as a freshman because I had worked with children
with Down Syndrome during the eighth grade at Central Middle School. My
interest carried on through out the years because of the numerous fun times I
have had, and have made friends with many of the girls. They are all very
personable and pleasant to talk with. They each have special characteristics
defining them from the others, making each of them special in different ways,
just like the rest us.
Aside from the meetings that we have every so often to discuss
activities we can do, we usually do fun and interesting activities. We go out
for pizza frequently because it seems to be the group consensus on what we would
all like to eat. During the holidays we celebrate in interesting ways; on
Halloween we have a party where every one gets dressed and brings candy. For
the Christmas season we are going to celebrate with a party at a members house
and listen to Christmas carols, and have dinner. We have had bake sales and
have sold candy in order to raise money for the clubs activities. These are
usually a success because every one participates and we all seem to function
well as a group. When there are dances or football games at school we each take
one of the girls and it’s good for them because they get to interact with the
rest of the school at a big function.
This club is not only fun, but it’s like going to a meeting with some of
your friends. We are a small group and we all get along. Since we are a small
group it is also difficult for us to do a lot of things. It is difficult to
educate the larger part of the public who doesn’t know what these kids are like.
It is also hard to raise money to do many activities. It would be great if more
kids would join each year, and it would be great if the ignorance level had
lowered. Many students just don’t want to know anything of these kids. I chose
to discuss G.A.R.C. because it is a group that could use help from the community
at Greenwich high, and I thought I could help by explaining exactly what we do.
Why talk about something else, when I could tell of something I enjoy and that
needs more attention.