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Croton-Harmon Students Inspire Love Of Sign Language

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School fourth-graders Tori and Sofia, alongside sign language interpreter Christine Fico, read the sign-language book “There’s a Story in My Head” to teach kindergarten students at the Croton school.
Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School fourth-graders Tori and Sofia, alongside sign language interpreter Christine Fico, read the sign-language book “There’s a Story in My Head” to teach kindergarten students at the Croton school. Photo Credit: Croton-Harmon Schools

CROTON-On-HUDSON, N. Y. -- Members of the Croton-Harmon sign language club recently had the opportunity to brush up on their knowledge of American sign language by visiting a kindergarten class to teach younger students about reading books with signs.

Two fourth-graders, who started the sign language club last year, recently visited a kindergarten class at their school, Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton, to read the book "There's a Story in My Head." The book teaches some of the sign language basics, which the kids all had a chance to try.

“We practiced a lot,” said Tori, one of the fourth-graders, of preparing for the class visit to Dafna Stouber's kindergarten class.

The two students were joined by Christine Fico, Croton-Harmon's sign language interpreter, who also helped start the club, Signing with a Friend Club. "We meet every Tuesday and learn new signs," Fico said of the club.

The club started with the idea from Tori and Sofia, the other fourth-grader on the class visit, who wanted to encourage others to learn American sign language. They try to encourage their peers to get involved.

“It’s nice to learn another language,” said Sofia. “There are people that can only sign and now we can spend time with them and talk to them.”

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