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Niagara-Wheatfield Students Learn to Communicate Without Words

NIAGARA FALLS --  Students at Colonial Village Elementary School in Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District are learning how to say a lot without saying anything at all.  They're doing it by working with the experts, high school students from St. Mary's School for the Deaf on Thursday May 26, when the St. Mary's children will visit Colonial Village.

"The students at both  schools will join together to learn firsthand that understanding and communicating sometimes doesn't require that you say anything at all," said teacher Joanna Torreano, from Colonial Village.  "The St. Mary's students are coming to sign with 15 Colonial Village third graders who have recently completed an after school, eight-week course in American Sign Language.  The demonstration will be viewed by all third graders."

The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at 11:45 a.m.   Colonial Village students will be paired with students from St. Mary's and together, they will tour the building, explaining in sign language what goes on in their school to the visiting students.  "The aim of the project is to show both groups that although there are differences between them, those differences can be overcome by thinking creatively,"  said Torreano.

In addition,  St. Mary's Principal Dr. Jane Schlau, will give a demonstration on how Dr. Schlau's hearing dog helps her with her activities.  This unique collaboration was coordinated by Torreano, with the support of Colonial Village Principal Tim Carter,  and  St . Mary's Teacher Aimee Bell.


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