In a beautiful gesture, a Maine school decided to welcome its first deaf student by teaching the entire school sign language.
According to Eyewitness News WTVO, 6-year-old Morey Belanger is the first deaf student to ever attend the Dayton Consolidated School in Dayton, Maine and the school made special preparations for her arrival, including putting up posters to teach her fellow students common signs in American Sign Language (ASL) and installing a hearing assistive system.
According to a teacher interviewed by the news station, Belanger’s fellow students have taken to the new instruction like ducks to water and have learned “a last 15 signs, if not 20.”
To celebrate their new student’s arrival the school also hired a sign language specialist who dressed as Disney’s Cinderella to sing for the students while leading them in signing.
It looks like they had a pretty good time and they’re some very kind and welcoming kids, which goes for the school that orchestrated this inspired idea as well.
If you’re tearing up a bit, you’re not the only one.
https://t.co/6WzG5ozZlj this is beautiful ????
— Lyss Stern (@divamoms) June 1, 2019
A wonderful example of inclusion! Never forget the impact you can make just by simply including someone. #LAUSDTOY19 #inclusion
An entire school started learning sign language to welcome a deaf kindergartener https://t.co/bdGShthBts
— Robyn Arnold (@mrsarnold2316) June 1, 2019
One girl who was deaf arrived at school for her kindergarten year. Instead of trying to make her fit in with everyone else's ability to communicate, the entire school learned sign language to communicate with her! Love. This.https://t.co/vOPfl4Lg3D
— Tory L. Lucas (@ToryLLucas) June 3, 2019
Absolutely powerful! A kindergarten student can change the culture of her school! ???????????? https://t.co/MIvgzaC0IF
— Pam Pilanku (@Pam_P2002) June 1, 2019
It’s never too late to learn sign language, and it’s never too early either.