The students at this elementary school in Maine are going above and beyond to welcome a very special new student to their classrooms.
6-year-old Morie Belanger is the first deaf student to attend Dayton Consolidated School.
When the staffers heard that Morie could only communicate in ASL, they started hanging posters throughout the school to teach the other students sign language. Reporters say that the students now know about 20 different vocabulary words.
Additionally, the school installed a hearing assistive system and began making their classes more deaf-friendly. The teachers have even been learning ASL in their spare time so they can better communicate with Morie.
“Morey – without even knowing it – has taught us so much,” school Principal Kimberly Sampietro told CNN. “She has brought a culture to our building that we didn’t have before.”
“Morey helped all of them to learn the alphabet,” she added. “The kids have just really embraced her. They look up to her, they want her around, and they want to partner with her.”
The students were rewarded for their hard work earlier this week after they were visited by a Disney princess to sing songs to them in sign language – with a little help from Morie, of course.
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