School Field Trip with the deaf school

Trip Start Dec 07, 2005
Trip End Apr 10, 2007

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Friday, November 10, 2006

today we went on a field trip with the students (1st through 6th grades) and staff of costa rica's only all-deaf school. the trip was a part of "students with disabilities week" here in costa rica, and took us from the school in cartago (just next to san jose) about 45 minutes away to a small town in a scenic mountain valley called paraiso. there, a group of the deaf students performed a traditional costa rican dance in full costume--the little boys even had mustaches painted on. at the beginning of the ceremony, an honor guard brought in the costa rican flag and the deaf school signed the national anthem.

before the deaf students performed their dance, one of the mc's taught the hearing students how to clap in sign language by putting their hands up and waving them back and forth from the wrist. so after the kids finished their dance, the whole outdoor courtyard of the was ringed by students and teachers waving their hands and smiling in silence.

after the danes and a skit by some other students, the school served lunch to our whole group. later we walked over the the football (soccer) field with the kids and they got autographs from members of a local club team. the kids were excited to be rubbing elbows with the footballers, who were pretty grimy after just having played a game. after the footballers got onto their bus, we got back onto ours for the trip back to cartago.
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rosie on

Have you heard of the book Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy? It's a nominee for Best Children's Picture Book and soon to be released as a DVD including sign language interpretation for the deaf. The DVD is fantastic and truly a novel concept. You can contact me at to review this DVD if you have interest Thank you, Rosie

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