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Cracking Up on Independence Day!


We had a bang up time at this year’s 4th of July Parade in Fort Collins!!









This year we were excited to have our great friend and awesome parade MC, Ponto, join us. He worked the crowds and kept our presence known. Thanks, Ponto!











Landis and Thalia came up with some great chants to say throughout the march.



Landis’ idea (from the Lego movie):

“Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.

Everything is Awesome, when you’re living out a dream!”



“We’re AIA

we’re here to say

you can be awesome

ANY way.”



Nick was very excited to have Thalia as a “Personal Chauffeur” throughout the parade.




We had the 5 new parade goers this year, Shelley and Landis Fletcher, and Lori Thompson with her sweet grandsons…  What a fun new group to add to our marchers!

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In addition, we had family join us this year. Nick’s sister-in-law, Amy, and his nieces were happy to ride in the parade, and to pass out candy!





Cindy Peak, Nick’s Speech and Language Pathologist, came along to help us decorate and represent Awesome in Action, Co.



This year, we used the manual wheelchairs from the Walk in My Shoes presentation to show how Awesome in Action, CO, uses experiential learning to help folks understand what it’s like to be differently-abled.

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We hope our presence helped establish Awesome in Action, Co in our community as a resource for ability awareness!  We are always in search of new presentation opportunities and sponsorships for these presentations.


Please feel free to send interested parties our way.


Happy Summer, everyone!!!


“Selam” from the T.R. Paul Academy of Arts and Knowledge Kindergarten Class!

Selam means “hello” in the Amharic language, one commonly spoken in Ethiopia where Nick grew up.


Nick tells the kids where to sit

He got to share this information, and more, at T.R. Paul Academy of Arts and Knowledge , yesterday afternoon.


The Kids listened and joined in to the story, as Nick read his book, Helping in Action.



Reading the book




Hanging out with the kinders!


They enjoyed all of the artifacts Nick brought from Africa to share, and had a chance to ask Nick some questions about his life and his childhood in Ethiopia.


Touching the African artifacts!

We are always grateful to the kindergarten teachers, Ms. Jenes, and Ms. Amott, for inviting us into their classroom.



Hope to see you again, TPAAK!