June: A Month of Activities with the Deaf Community
by Lou-Ann Jordan Jun 10, 2019
June is Deaf Awareness Month.
Every June, for the past seven years, the students and teachers of the School for the Deaf have been celebrating Deaf Awareness month with a host of activities.
Located in Perdmontemps, St. David the School for the Deaf was established in 1969 services hearing impaired people on the island. Their activities are extensive; however, the focus foremost is to provide education in a manner that meets the needs of the deaf. The school attends to pre-schoolers up to sixth graders; it also assists those transitioning into tertiary education.
In addition to caring for school-age children, the school also offer aid to deaf persons who are ‘shut-in’. Such assistance, primarily supported by the business community, takes the form of donated items. The collected items are gifted as food hampers.
There are many ways for the wider community to become involved. This month’s line up of activities is an excellent place to start. You can select from among the events which fall under this year’s theme, ‘Keep Calm and Support Deaf Education.’
Sign language classes. Have you ever considered learning sign language? Here’s your chance. Lessons take place on Mondays and Wednesday for the month of June. Registration is $50EC.
Tea Party. It’s their annual fundraising event. This year, the school will host the tea party at the National Museum on Thursday 6 June. Admission cost is $8EC.
Community Outreach. The school and affiliates will engage in outreach activities on 14, 22 and 29 June.
Awareness Walk/Fun Day. To be held on Sunday 30 June, the Awareness Walk and annual Fun Day is the perfect event make into a family affair.
For more information on Deaf Awareness Month, contact the School for the Deaf at 473-440-2242.