This week’s illustration comes from our friend Ilaria Falorsi
At Dayton Consolidated School in Maine, one student has inspired a big change to the curriculum. Morey Belanger, a 6-year-old kindergartener, is the school’s first deaf student. To make her feel welcome, the school embraced the opportunity to teach all the students some sign language.
Sing languages posters now line the walls of hallways, and students have learned how to sign more than 20 words including colors, letters and words related to school. The school installed a hearing assistive system and implemented extra teacher training to incorporate sign language into every classroom, including core subjects, music and computer class.
Morey’s mom, Shannon Belanger, said her family has been blown away by how supportive the school has been.