Letters to the Editor

Hearing-impaired kids get a real holiday treat

Plaudits to Mike Glad and the Silent Sleigh committee who annually put on a fabulous event for the deaf and hard of hearing children of the Valley. I have attended this event in the past, and it truly adds to the spirit of the season to see the excitement on the faces of these youngsters as they go through the day with other deaf students and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Huge parts of the child's day are the activities that are provided by the deaf and hard of hearing students at Ahwahnee Middle School. Every year these older students organize game booths (fishing for prizes, bean bag toss, prize wheel and lollipop tree) and face-painting for the little ones. The look of trepidation, then delight, as a Santa Claus, Christmas tree or snow man is painted on their little faces is worth all the effort the Ahwahnee students give in preparing for and participating in the big day.

Congratulations to the students in Lisa Catron's, Deanna Hoffman's and Carolee Clayton's classes at Ahwahnee Middle School for, once again, demonstrating the character of caring and doing a superior job!

Sandy Yates