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Wear mismatched socks today in support of World Down Syndrome Day.

Show the World we are all more alike than different.Andrea Swanberg reached out about a month ago to ask me for a favor. I said, "Maybe."

Then she explained that her granddaughter, Rosalie, attends the Maine Dance Academy in Caribou, Maine.

I said, I don't dance.

She said she knew that; I'm not gonna lie, that hurt a little.

Andrea said that for World Down Syndrome Day she and Rosalie, who was born with DS, got lots of help from her dancing friends and were collecting hundreds of pairs of mismatched socks.

She wanted them to be shared all over the dang place and then asked that they be worn, mismatched, for March 21st World Down Syndrome Day 2019.

That's today!

I was just happy she was not asking me to match them up. That's a chore for a guy who is used to exclusively wearing solid black colored socks. I even screw that up from time to time.

She explained further that the theme this year would be that we are all more alike than different. I thought that was a cool idea.

So, we had to make it difficult. I came up with the bright idea of putting mismatched socks on K9 Aki.

Of course, I left the area when Officer Fanning attemped to get him involved. I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid.

Photos, which follow, are only a few of those that were taken.

Aki was a little upset with the mismatched sock idea at first. Fanning finally told Aki that it was for World Down Syndrome Day. He then put the socks on himself. Smart dog!

Note the difference in Aki's demeanor between the initial photo and his handsome portrait with all four paws garnished with the goodness from our little friend in The County.

Melody also corralled a bunch of staff and talked them into putting on the mismatched socks. It's for a good cause.

Check out the World Down Syndrome Day website when you have a chance- www.worlddownsyndromeday.org

You should read the article about the collection of the socks, great photos of sweet little Rosalie, and of the Maine Dance Academy outreach from the Crown of Maine (that's Aroostook County BTW)- I shared a link from the article here- thecounty.me/2019/03/06/living/arts/maine-dance-academy-gathers-socks-to-mark-world-down-syndrome...

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.

We are more alike than we are different.

We will be here.


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Everyone is making their rounds this morning.
Karen.... passing out meds
Trish.... delivering fresh linen
KC.... bringing his Snoopy's to visit and stopping by to chat with Nola. πŸ™‚

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Independence Advocates of Maine is looking for nurses with a passion for excellence!

We are currently looking for a Charge Nurse (LPN or RN) for our ICF/IID which serves 17 individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. We are a relaxed, casual dress atmosphere with low provider to resident ratio. Emphasis is on relationship building with residents and a chance to make a real difference in the lives of adults with disabilities. Please consider joining our nursing team.

Requirements Must be licensed in the state of Maine as a nurse (RN or LPN); must possess good critical thinking skills; must have a valid driver's license, for two years, in good standing.

Benefits: We offer excellent benefits such as 100% paid employee health, dental, short and long-term disability, life and 403b as well as generous shift differentials ($6.00 for overnights) and earned benefit time as well as an education bonus.

$2,000 Sign-on Bonus! Half of the sign on bonus is paid after 6 months of successful completion of employment and the remaining half on the 1st anniversary of your hire date

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Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others?

With us, you will have the time to build relationships with your residents (typical is 1 CNA per 3 residents). You are encouraged to get to know them well, and be an important part of their lives and success. You will work in a home-like atmosphere that is comfortable and relaxed with opportunities to take residents into the community doing fun things.

CNAs start out earning over 4 weeks paid time off per year!- Employee health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance is paid for 100%- Generous Shift differentials- We offer a variety of shifts- Annual wage increases- 403b Retirement 3% employer match after 1 year of service and an education bonus.

You are supported by superior nurses and programming staff- We value your opinion and appreciate your input. This position is at Treats Falls House, our ICF/IID nursing level care facility located in Orono, which supports up to 17 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.We offer a relaxed atmosphere and casual dress environment. I AM also offers an exceptional benefits package worth more than $8,000 per FT employee.

$2,000 Sign-on Bonus! Half of the sign on bonus is paid after 6 months of successful completion of employment and the remaining half on the 1st anniversary of hire.

Requirements Must be on the State of Maine CNA registry, must have valid driver's license, for two years, in good standing.

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The winner of today's raffle is Hunter Chesley, CNA, who recently started employment at Treats Falls House.
Congratulations Hunter and Welcome aboard! πŸ™‚

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