The Newest Club Features Sign Language

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Emma Barton, Staff Writer

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“I hope by doing this club, kids will be able to learn and branch out and enjoy a new form of communication,” said Mrs. Britane Bednar, guidance counselor and new sponsor of the Sign Language Club. In college, Mrs. Bednar had to take four full semesters of a language. She said, “I have a hard time with learning spoken languages,” So she decided to take sign language because she thought it would be easy and ended up loving it. The Sign Language Club is an addition to the middle school that hasn’t existed before.

Mrs. Bednar has a total of 20 kids sign up. Kids from sixth to eighth grade came to check to it out. “My mom grew up with a deaf neighbor when she was going up, and she knows some sign language. I wanted to learn more about it,” said Adelaide Foley, sixth grader.

The Sign Language Club meets every other week on Tuesdays after school. During the first meeting, they started working on the “ABC’s” in sign language. They watched a video about the origin of sign language. Mrs. Bednar passed sheets out at the first meeting on how to make the signs for the letters. She is trying to inspire kids about their careers and their adult lives, “I hope the kids get interested in it because there are actually many careers you can take using sign language which many kids don’t know. We talk about how people working in schools, hospitals and being interpreters and how that is possible,” said Mrs. Bednar.

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