School students learn American Sign Language to communicate with deaf kindergarten classmate

Published: Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 3:02 PM

FILE PHOTO: A school in Maine has taught classmates sign language so a kindergarten student who is deaf would be able to communicate with her classmates.
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FILE PHOTO: A school in Maine has taught classmates sign language so a kindergarten student who is deaf would be able to communicate with her classmates.(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Morey Belanger is the first student who is deaf to attend the Dayton Consolidated School in Dayton, Maine, WMTW reported.

And to make the 6-year-old kindergarten student feel more welcome, the entire school is learning something new -- American Sign Language, CNN reported.

Students have learned the signs for more than 20 colors, words and letters that deal with school and learning.

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“Morey, without even knowing it, has taught us so much,” Principal Kimberly Sampietro told CNN. “She has brought a culture to our building that we didn’t have before.”

The school has also added teacher training so sign language can be brought into every classroom. The curriculum includes main classes, as well as music and computers.

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Leaders also installed a hearing assistive system.

Shannon Belanger, Morey’s mother, can’t believe what the school has done for her daughter and family.

“I absolutely feel like it makes her feel welcomed. I think all the kids feel excited that they know another language and I think they think it’s fun,” Belanger told CNN.

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For all their hard work, the students were recently treated to a party, WMTW reported.