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Signing Santa Visits D/HH Children – Austin

TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Keena Miller
Phone: 512-462-5328, cell: 512-658-4444
Email: [email protected]

FOR RELEASE
DECEMBER 8, 2011

SIGNING SANTA VISITS DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN

HOLIDAY MUSIC PERFORMED BY STUDENTS FROM TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

Austin, Texas – December 8, 2010 Santa arrives at Barton Creek Mall today,
ready to check wish lists from deaf and hard of hearing students, 6:30 to
8:30 PM. That’s right. Santa knows many languages, including American Sign
Language (ASL).

Signing Santa, sponsored annually by the Northwest Optimist and Junior
Optimist Clubs, gives area children who use ASL to communicate, the
opportunity to relay their holiday wishes directly to Santa and on to the
North Pole. Santa and his helpers from the Optimists Clubs – with volunteers
from National Instruments – provide each child a free photo with Santa and a
small treat from under the holiday tree. Students from the Texas School for
the Deaf will provide entertainment performing interpreted holiday carols.

WHAT: Signing Santa

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 8
6:30 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Barton Creek Mall

Entrance B – between Sears and the AMC Theater

WHY: Free photos with Santa and interpreted holiday carols in American Sign
Language by TSD students

The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public
school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since
1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for
students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state
of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and
community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual
strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and
belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit
http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.

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