09 Oct Independence Day Parade
ESPERO, our school for deaf adults, was once again invited to participate in the annual Independence Day parade. The school was honored by being the first school to present in the parade. The town dignitaries received the schools at the town square. A description of the school was presented and the deaf were applauded (using sign language). It has been very rewarding to see the change in perspective regarding the deaf population since our school began more than 6 years ago. High regard is given in the community for the privilege of marching in the parade. It entails hours of waiting in the heat and sun for a few minutes of recognition, but the tradition is strong and meaningful, making it worthwhile.