Embracing a New Student

ESL students from all over the world come to Hancock International College, so naturally there are people from many different cultures in one classroom. The following article really emphasizes how touching it can be to embrace a new student and help make them feel comfortable. This is particularly apt for international students who are far from home and often in a culture very different than their own. Maybe the following article can help us all be a little more aware and think how we can reach out to someone that is new to our school.

Goodnewsnetwork.org says, “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.”

Full Article: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/maine-school-learns-asl-for-first-deaf-student/

Idiom of the Day

reach out

Meaning: To attempt to make contact with someone, especially in search of or to offer help, guidance, comfort, or support.

Example: You can always reach out to me if you are feeling overwhelmed and could use some help.