School learns sign language for new deaf student

Students at a Maine elementary school have welcomed a special new student with open arms and expressive hand movements.

A hearing-impaired six-year-old girl named Morie Belanger recently started attending Dayton Consolidated School and her classmates immediately went the extra mile to make her fit right in.

The students and faculty have been taking the time to learn American Sign Language so that they could communicate with their new friend.

Posters have been placed around the school teaching a different sign and students have already learned up to 20 different words.

The school has also installed a hearing assistive system in an effort to make their classes more deaf-friendly.

School principal Kimberley Sampietro says, “Morey, without even knowing it, has taught us so much. She has brought a culture to our building that we didn’t have before.”



Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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