Every year there is a sign language picnic held at a park,usually it is held at goodells park near the splash pad. Last year was the first year that the sign students of Port Huron High had the opportunity to attend this special event. The leaders in charge of organizing the picnic have decided to continue to invite the sign students from PH back, because of the fantastic job they did last year.
This year all of the students had to learn signs they could use at the picnic to make conversation with the deaf people. Sign language interpreter, Tina Troy has taught her students many signs and how to put them into sentences so that they make sense.
To us hearing people the language of sign and how the words are used in a sentence wouldn't really make sense, because we can hear, and have learned through our life a different style of grammar. Deaf people don't think words, they see pictures, so everything is very simple, and straight to the point.
“This years picnic is going to be a blast”! Says sign student Natalie Cobb 19’. At the picnic the students set up different games,or stations. Some examples of these are, a face painting station, games like sack races, fun courses, baseball, kickball, and lots of other fun activities for the kids to enjoy while they are there.
This years picnic the kids are going to introduce something new! The children are going to put on a little talent show, doing different skits, and acts. This is going to let them show off their skills to everyone that is there, and entertain the kids while doing so.
The deaf people, and students are going to have a blast at this fantastic end of the year event. There is lots of fun things to do and lots of good food to eat. This picnic gives deaf people the satisfaction of knowing they're not alone, that they have many friends that are willing, and more than happy to learn their language, and culture so that they can interact with them,without being frightened or nervous. This big event gives all of the people a chance to meet new friends, and help the deaf community grow stronger.