ASL students join Deaf Community on field trip

Morgan Pyles

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Thirty-five American Sign Language students and Panther Paw members took a field trip to the Wichita Association of the Deaf.

Students joined with people of the Deaf Community for lunch, as they spent the entire day not speaking. If students spoke they would get a zero for the day.

“It is entirely rude to talk amongst the deaf,” junior Tabitha Barger said.

The past eight years at Derby High, it has been a tradition for ASL students to have this lunch with people of the Deaf Community.

“The members of the Deaf Community rave about the skill of the Derby students,” teacher Molly Pourhussin wrote in an email. “Our students are able to implement their ASL conversational skills.

“The skill level of these students is all thanks to (teacher Katherine) Murphy, her time spent and dedication to our ASL students allows them to as successful as they are now.”


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ASL students join Deaf Community on field trip