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Preschool class opens in Gallup for deaf students

Meg Hilling
November 10, 2017 06:18 PM

GALLUP, N.M.  -- When it comes to improving education in the state, the New Mexico School for the Deaf continues to push forward with the opening of a new preschool class in the Gallup-McKinley School District.

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"We tend to notice where there are high needs, you know, areas where there is a lot of deaf or hard of hearing students that don't have a formal preschool program for them," said Scott Mohan with the New Mexico School for the Deaf.

Instructed by teachers and aides skilled in American Sign Language, these deaf and hard of hearing students will be in an environment that fosters signing in addition to all regular preschool activities.

"We will be trying to provide them language to build their language base, which is so important for their future academics and their learning," instructor Anna Chavez said. "We will have story time, exploration time, playtime. We will have P.E. and even music. They can enjoy the vibration of the drum."

While there are currently only three students enrolled in the preschool class at Indian Hills Elementary School, the New Mexico School for the Deaf is hopeful that those numbers will increase in the months ahead. 

"When we heard it, it was exciting news and we wouldn't wait," said Montrisha Begay, a parent of one of the students said.

For more information on resources provided by the New Mexico School for the Deaf near you, click here.

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