[Sw-l] HAPPY NEW YEAR! ;-)

Valerie Sutton 0000001342802f5f-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.VALENCIACOLLEGE.EDU
Sun Jan 3 16:05:34 EST 2021

SignWriting List
January 3, 2021

Hello Dale Spoor, James Kegl, and the Nicaraguan Sign Language Projects team - 

What a great photo. Thank you for sharing with us. 

And what a remarkable accomplishment. Congratulations to the 5 Deaf students from the Altagracia High School on the Island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, who now have graduated and can make plans to continue on to higher education. It is hard to comprehend how much work this must have been for them and all the obstacles they faced, along with their teachers. But you have succeeded - The story is an inspiration and thank you for giving the world a positive story ;-)

And guess what? James Kegl sent us a video in Nicaragaun Sign Language with SignWriting in the video, and James has given me permission to post it on our web site - just as soon as I have the web page ready I will share it with the SignWriting List - Thanks again, James.

And thanks again, Dale -

Stay well and keep posting progress -

Val ;-)

>> On Jan 1, 2021, at 11:04 AM, Dale Spoor <dale.spoor27 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> Correction:  "Many thanks to James Kegl and the Nicaraguan Sign Language Project, without whose help this would not have been possible".  Sorry for the confusion!


> On Jan 1, 2021, at 10:28 AM, Dale Spoor <dale.spoor27 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> And a Happy New Year to All.  We recently celebrated the graduation of five deaf students from the high school in Altagracia, island of Ometepe (Niccaragua)--photo attached, including their interpreter.
> One of these deaf students (the tall guy on the left) consistently achieved the highest grade point average in his class throughout the five years--including all of the hearing students.  It's been a long journey, beginning almost fifteen years ago when we first had contact with these students and learned that they did not know that any sign language existed they could use to communicate with family and friends.  Two of these young people have plans to attend college--one to become a sign language teacher for the deaf, the other a math teacher for the deaf. Considering that few of them had anything resembling an elementary school education, this is an extraordinary achievement for everyone.  Many thanks to James Kegl and the Nicaraguan Sign Language Project, with whose assistance this would not have been possible.
> Cheers,
> Dale Spoor, Chair
> Special Needs Committee
> Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association  



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