TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Keena Miller
Phone: 512-462-5328, cell: 512-658-4444
Email: [email protected]
FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 7, 2022
SIGNING SANTA CLAUS IS IN TOWN
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Barton Creek Square
A Very Special Night with a Very Special Santa
Austin, Texas – December 7, 2022 Santa arrives at Barton Creek Square mall today ready to check wish lists from area children who are deaf or hard of hearing, starting at 3:30 p.m., until 8:00 p.m.
Santa Claus knows all languages, including sign language.
Signing Santa is a tradition that began in 2004 by the North Austin Optimist Club.
On this one night each year, children who communicate in sign language, wait for their turn on his lap and the opportunity to relay their wish lists directly to Santa himself, who is deaf like them.
Thanks to the Optimists for continuing this beloved tradition, along with Michael Barker Photography and the kindness of Simon Management at Barton Creek Square, each child gets a photo and a stocking from Santa’s workshop.
WHAT: Signing Santa Claus for kids & families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing
WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Barton Creek Square Mall – 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy – Austin, Texas 78746-8137
Mall entrance B – between The Cheesecake Factory and AMC Theater
Downstairs, First Floor, near Food Court
ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating students of Texas who are deaf and hard of hearing since 1856, the school’s Statewide Outreach Center 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: tsd.state.tx.us.
ABOUT THE NORTH AUSTIN OPTIMISTS (NAO)
The North Austin Optimist club is part of a worldwide volunteer organization dedicated to bringing out the best in children, community, and ourselves. NAO is one out of over 2,500 clubs helping to develop optimism as a philosophy of life and to create a positive impact on our communities. NAO offers field reservations and rental for multi-purpose events at the NAO sports complex, partners with Optimist Club of Austin’s annual Christmas tree sale, and actively participates in many community service activities including Blue Santa, Signing Santa, youth scholarships, and more. Please visit: naopt.com.