Students create sign-language movie

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Mar 26 14:31:10 UTC 2009

 Forwarded  From:  edling at

The Evening Sun

Students create sign-language movie

It was a crucial scene for Connor McCabe.

Playing the Hare in a movie version of "The Tortoise and the Hare," the Conewago

Township Elementary student began to act out one of the final scenes
on Wednesday, in which he realizes the tortoise has pulled ahead of
him in the race.

It's an emotional moment for the hare, but rather than yelling, Connor
expresses the hare's emotions through sign language and facial

"Wait!" he signed with a panicked look on his face, and he ran after
the tortoise.

Connor is one of four students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing class,
taught by the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 and led by teacher
Aimee Sanford and educational interpreters Kathy Bennett and Allison
Mamary. This will be the fourth movie students have created under the
direction of Bennett's brother, Mike Wadel, who owns a production
company in Chattanooga, Tenn. It will be completely done in sign
language, which is good practice for the students, Bennett said.

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