sign2sing has been making the news. Many local papers have published stories about groups in their area who have taken part this year.
Children from Nateby School in Wyre, Lancashire were featured in the Blackpool Gazette. The children dressed up and even Spiderman signed to raise money. Teacher Jackie Ryan said: “These events are good because they raise awareness of deaf people.”
St Anne’s Catholic School in Chertsey appeared in the Surrey Advertiser with pictures of the children signing and singing. Year 1 teacher Karen Health taught her class the song and signs.
“We wanted to make them aware of other people’s needs and that everyone is special and different‘ she told the paper.
In Wales, pupils held an event at Cogan Primary School in Penarth. In the Penarth Times, Susan Sibert, head teacher, said the event helped pupils with their linguistic development as well as fostering a kind and caring environment in school.
“sign2sing is a fun way to involve all the children in our school and raise awareness of hearing loss so sign language is a winner.”
Kay Butler, headteacher at Birchen Coppice Primary School in Kidderminster, talked to local paper The Shuttle about their event:
“It is a fantastic way for children to learn how important communication is while having fun mastering a little sign language and raising money to help improve the health of deaf people.”
Hollie Williams, who wrote the lyrics to this year’s song, appeared in the Bournemouth Gazette with her former school Baden Powell School, where she lead the signing and singing. Cllr Mike White, cabilent portfolio holder for children and young people for Poole Council said:
“The sign2sing campaign is a fun way to inspire people to discover more about signing. It’s wonderful that Poole Schools are supporting this worthwhile campaign and we are delighted that Hollie was able to get so involved.”