Evansville first grade students learn sign language for fellow student

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EVANSVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- As a sign of friendship, students at Levi Elementary has been learning sign language for their fellow student, Henry. On Tuesday, a group of first grade students performed the National Anthem before an Evansville Varsity Girls Basketball game.

"We're so proud of them," Henry's teacher, Mackenzie Baumberger said.

Henry is 6-years-old and has a hearing impairment that will eventually lead to full hearing loss. His teachers have worked to help their students learn sign language as a way to keep Henry feeling included in the classroom and outside of it.

"To know him, is to adore him. He is the sweetest," Baumberger said.

Baumberger works side by side with Henry's hearing impairment specialist, Jaime Keef. Keef is the first hearing impairment specialist the school has had that works in the classroom with students.

"Jaime has been doing an amazing job with the students," Principle Mark Schwartz said.

Schwartz says Evansville is always finding ways to include everyone in their schools, and teaching sign language seemed like a natural fit for the classroom.

"It was so fun to see them sign the anthem," Mandy Jordan, Henry's mom said.

Jordan said it is comforting to know that her son will have a way to communicate with every despite hearing loss.

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