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Project Undercover Helps Deaf School in Honduras

The American Sign Language Club, International Club, and Honors Spanish 4 students recently collaborated to support their international and sign language counterparts in Teguicgalpa, Honduras. “Manos Felices” or “Happy Hands” school for the deaf is comprised of mostly underprivileged deaf students, in which many are in need of basic items. Students and staff collected children’s socks and undergarments to send to the children who attend the deaf school. As one student commented, “I never thought that something as basic to me as socks and undergarments would be considered a luxury to other children.”

The clubs at Piedmont helped created “Project Undercover”, a service project to collect socks and underwear to mail to the Honduran students. As part of the joint effort, students embarked on a school-wide promotion campaign that involved making posters and creating video commercials in an effort to get the word out. As a result, the Piedmont community donated many packages of items. “The students at Piedmont never cease to amaze me with their kindness and generosity,” stated Ann Grayson, the ASL Club sponsor.

The students benefiting from “Project Undercover” range in age from 4 to 18 and come mostly from poor families. Often, the families in Honduras do no not know how to sign with their deaf children. In addition to student education, the school provides meetings to support parents. The students educated at “Manos Felices” come from all over Honduras but live at the school most of the time. A few families live close enough to the school so those students see their families more regularly. In school, students learn to read and write in Spanish and learn other typical subjects. They use “Honduran Sign Language,” which is also known as ‘Lesho’. “While some of the obvious gestures and facial expressions are similar to American Sign Language, Lesho is totally different,” says Lyndi Patton-Gura, an interpreter at Piedmont High School who has volunteered at Happy Hands Deaf School.

The International Club, American Sign Language Club and the Honors Spanish 4 students appreciate all of the donations received and are thrilled to send the new items to Honduran students. Encouraging notes and good wishes, written in Spanish, will be sent along with the packages. According to International Club sponsor Sherry Edwards, “I think this is a wonderful global learning opportunity for our students to serve others in another country, and they have expressed a desire to do this again next year!”

Written by: Lyndi Patton-Gura, ASL Interpreter
Posted: May 13, 2014 by Donna Helms

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