On November 3, 2013, students from the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) bonded with Madeira girls through icebreaker activities like mind-boggling scavenger hunts. This weekend activity was different than the usual weekend activities available for Madeira students in that it was organized by the Sign Language Club at Madeira. “The main goal for the event was to bridge the gap between deaf and hearing communities,” explained Tory Lynch, the president of the American Sign Language club at Madeira.
The day started somewhat awkward and tense because students from both schools were nervous. However, only 10 minutes into the icebreakers, everybody came together and learned how to communicate with each other, especially for the scavenger hunt. After an engaging and exciting afternoon, the MSSD students had to part with their new Madeira friends. Tory says it took a while to take the group picture at the end because everyone was getting each other’s phone numbers in order to keep in touch with their new friends.
After the gathering with the MSSD students, Madeira girls were able to learn more about deaf students and clear up misconceptions about the deaf community. The ASL club and the teachers from MSSD would like to plan another gathering in the future to maintain the relationship formed between the students from Madeira and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf.
Contributed by Sidney Lee '15Student Life