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Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students of Union County participated in the annual Track and Field Day at Wake Forest University

In recognition of Deaf Awareness Week, students and staff from the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program participated in the annual Track and Field Day at Wake Forest University on May 7, 2014. 

Students, teachers, interpreters, language facilitators, and transliterators from around the state enjoyed activities at the BB&T stadium in Winston Salem. Balloon toss, tug-of-war, relay race, sack race, kick ball, and balancing games were among the activities organized by grade level.

When students were asked what they liked about field day, the most common response was “everything.” When referring to the balloon toss, Ivan Benitez says, “I liked it when I dropped the balloon and it broke. I got wet. It was a lot of fun.” Classmate Gabriel Gonzalez still laughs about falling over in the sack race. Both Ivan and Gabriel, third-graders at Rocky River Elementary School, were among the 31 participants from Union County Public Schools.

Fostering inclusion in the “deaf culture,” allows students to see other children with cochlear implants or hearing aids; or children who use sign language or cued speech. Having access to communication is important for the student’s identity, self-esteem, and confidence as they transition from elementary, middle and high school, and go on to become a part of a larger society.

Written by: Jerri Barber, Language Facilitator at Rocky River Elementary
Posted: May 15, 2014 by CoRetta Limous

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