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Deaf education program a success for Slack Elementary students

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Christmas tree, reindeer and jingle bells are just a few of the phrases students at Slack Elementary learned how to sign this week.

"We are already bilingual school and now we're really trilingual, we're learning sign language as well," said Robin Stowe, Principal, Slack Elementary.

This is the first school year for Slack Elementary to house the district's Deaf Education Program.

Each morning during the campus' giddy up session the third and fourth grade students teach their peers and faculty members how to sign.

"They enjoy it because it allows them to communicate with the other kids and my kids aren't going to learn to hear but it's easy for everyone else to learn to sign," said Roshonya Cordero, Deaf Education Teacher.

Deaf education teacher Roshonya Cordero says this is how her students learn.

"I teach the same thing that any other class would, math, science, history and just do it in a different way," said Cordero.

Cordero says throughout the school year her students work on projects and learn about other people who are deaf.

Fourth grade student Daniel Daniels says he's learned a lot from a famous public figure.

"I like Helen Keller, she can't hear and she's blind," said Daniels.

Many of the students in the program travel to Lufkin from surrounding areas like: Jasper, Trinity and Livingston and Cordero said the program is vital in help these students learn.

"You have schools that don't have resources to be able to teach these kids they don't have a person to sign and these kids really depend on sign, that's their first language," said Cordero.

And these educators believe by embracing each student's disability they are able to give them the best quality of education.

The program begins at age three up to 2nd grade at Trout Primary. Then the elementary students go to Slack Elementary and then on to Lufkin Middle School and Lufkin High School.

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