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Many HHS students expressed their appreciation to friends, faculty and others this week by writing a Gratitude Gram.

 

The forms include a section for the recipient’s name and first block teacher and plenty of room to write a sweet message.

 

Students filled out the forms during lunch and Advisory. The messages will be delivered first and second blocks Tuesdsay (Nov. 26). Each Gratitude Gram will also include a small treat to go along with the personal note.

 

Usually, between 800 and 1,000 Gratitude Grams are delivered, according to School Climate Leadership Team (SCLT) sponsor Jessica Jorge. 

 

Gratitude Grams are not a new project; SCLT has been in charge of it for about four years now.  

 

“Gratitude Grams was one of the first projects that School Climate Leadership Team started to make the school a more positive place...it was kind of like our kick-off project,” Jorge commented.

 

SCLT is responsible for many other well-known projects like the spring clean-up and senior send offs.  Jorge said, “The goals of SCLT are to make the school more positive, safe, and inclusive; and so we started with the positivity [through Gratitude Grams].”

Story by Rain Adams and Bridget Bireley, who is a member of SCLT

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The Sign Language Club is looking for new members, and if you’re the type of person who likes to help others and learn new things, it might be a good fit for you.

 

The club has been around for almost two years and is thriving, said club leader Shelby Lyle and Deaf Ed teacher Deborah Conn, who oversees the club.

 

The club meets 7:30 every Thursday morning in “The Pit” theater in the foreign language hall.

 

You don’t have to know how to sign to join; one of the club’s purposes is to teach more people to sign.

 

The routine at the meetings is simple: members “read” a story by signing the words. Afterward, they receive a list of signs to remember for the next meeting.

 

Lyle said she joined the club because she has a friend who is deaf.

 

Club member Diona Leonard, a freshman, said the club “gives you an opportunity to learn something that isn’t given much attention, and it spreads awareness.”

 

One of the group's major activities is a Silent Dinner, where diners can only communicate by signing to each other.

 

If you’re interested in getting involved, see Ms. Conn in Room 118.

 

Story by Cayman Jackson and Hannah Frady

    

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