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"Celebrating Me" Program Explores Differences

by J. Rossetti-Ford

On Wednesday, August 5, The Greater Hartford Association of Retarded Citizens, Inc. (HARC) visited Colt Park for the summer reading program "Celebrating Me." The program is designed to help educate all children who attend Hartford summer programs about their own uniqueness and about people with disabilities and differences.

Founded in 1951, HARC's mission is to bridge the gap between people's abilities and their pursuit of happiness at home, at work, in school or during leisure moments.

The focus of last week's storytelling program was to provide Hartford youngsters an opportunity to share in the richness that accompanies life's challenges, as well as in the barriers that need to be overcome.

HARC, in conjunction with the City of Hartford, has providedrecreational experiences for children over the past eight years. Last year, 1,000 children learned about persons with disabilities in HARC's program, "Different is Just Different."

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