For their Enrichment Day this year, students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program enjoyed beautiful spring weather while participating in the Environmental Field Day at the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Training Center in Ballston Spa.
One of the teachers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program, Kathy Hyndman, explained that this is the 21st year for Enrichment Day. “This year, we have 22 students from 11 school districts,” said Mrs. Hyndman. “We do something different every year. We always make Enrichment Day educational and get everyone together. It’s great for socialization and it gives students an opportunity to see that
there are other students out there with the same technology they are using. The kids love it.”
The socialization for this year’s program also included being a part of the 621 students from seven schools who converged at the Training Center.
Students visited seven different stations that were set up on the grounds. They learned about aquatic micro invertebrates, soil, animal tracks, scat and fur, turtles, bluebirds, ticks, and identified trees. While presenters were talking at each station, an interpreter was signing for the students.
Hands down turtles was a favorite among the students although soil was fascinating, too. After learning about the different kinds of soil, third grader Joey Anderson from Saratoga School District said, “I like the silt best. It feels like warm cotton or fluffy fur all over.”
Students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program range in age from PK to 12th grade and have varying degrees of hearing loss from hard of hearing to no hearing at all.
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