Spalding St Paul’s pupils sing and sign to help deaf charity
Pupils from St Paul’s primary school in Spalding signed and sang Friends Forever to raise money for vulnerable deaf adults and children.
As part of Sign2Sing week, youngsters worked hard to learn the specially written song with signs, which they performed at a celebration assembly led by teacher Sharon Clarke and watched by parents.
Head teacher Kira Nicholls said: “We have been so excited to be taking part in this national event. It’s a fantastic way for children to learn how important communication is, while having fun mastering a little sign language and raising money to help improve the health of deaf people.
“We even transformed our hands, as our communication tools, to celebrate how helpful our hands are in lots of different ways. As a school we are focusing our appreciation of people’s lives that are different than our own and felt that this was a fun way to raise awareness of how hearing loss could affect an individual.”
Miss Nicholls said money raised by Sign2Sing is used by the charity SignHealth to improve the health and wellbeing of deaf people.
She said deaf children, on average, leave school with a low reading age and miss out on the key messages about healthy relationships given through mainstream media and by word-of-mouth.
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