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Senior teaching sign language class

December 14, 2012
Holden High School

by Kimber Watson

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Communicating with someone with a disability can be a challenge.  For her senior project, Ali Stookey is trying to help bridge the gap.

Stookey has hosted a sign language class for the months of November and December during SOAR time.  She decided to do this project to help teach kids life skills.

She had many people show up to her classes. Bryanna Wehmeyer was of the students that went to the classes.

“I enjoyed the class because I gave me real world skills,” Wehmeyer said. “It was fun too.”

Stookey taught many words and phrases to her students. She taught them all the colors and how to sign activities such as skate boarding. She also taught her students how to sign the song “Silent Night”.

Stookey had a very interesting way of teaching. When she taught her students their letters they played hangman and when they learned colors they played red-light, green-light. 

“Sign language is something most hearing people don’t know about,” said Stookey, who is considering a part-time job in signing after she completes her schooling. “At some point in their lives they have probably seen it, but they don’t understand what is going on, or what is being said. I thought it was time for people to know more about it.”

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