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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 27, 1997)
By Amanda Schindler
As youngsters lined up last week
end awaiting the judge’s decision on the
best costume, they giggled and
squirmed as children do.
When the winner was announced, a
little boy in a multicolored jack-in-the
i box costume shyly stepped forward.
Instead of applauding, though, his com
panions shook their hands in the air.
i The boy understood, and he grinned.
He knew they were clapping for him -
, clapping in sign language, that is.
Saturday afternoon, hearing
impaired people of all ages came
7 together at Grace Lutheran Church of
Lincoln at the annual Halloween party
sponsored by the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln student group
Friends of the Deaf Community.
The event, in its fourth year, was
organized to provide an opportunity for
positive interactions for the deaf com
munity, said Jennifer Herzog, a senior
deaf education major and president of
Participants enjoyed various activi
ties throughout the afternoon, including
cookie decorating and pumpkin paint
ing. The games provided the children a
way to socialize with one another and
“know that they are not alone,” said
Cody Dusenberry, a senior physical
education and deaf education major
and FDC vice president.
It was also an opportunity for stu
dents to practice their signing skills and
meet members of the deaf community.
“There’s nothing like signing with a
deaf person - you learn so much from
it,” said Kaci Holmes, a freshman deaf
About 30 Lincoln children attended
the event along with their parents.
Mark Hessler, father of 4-year-old
deaf triplets Sarah, Michael and Amy,
said he attended the party because the
children “need to make friends with
their deaf peers. They need that expo
sure to their culture.”
Doug Druliner, whose daughter is
hearing impaired, said that as deaf chil
dren are usually a distinct minority, the
Halloween party was a great chance for
children to get out and be with others.
Druliner’s daughter, Erin, a fifth
grader at Prescott Elementary School,
had fun with both hearing and deaf
friends in her colorful pirate costume.
Her father said she has to “straddle
the two cultures. She reads lips a lot,
and her speech is amazingly good.”
But as Erin said, “understanding
people is harder now that I go to a main
Program aims to
■ Make A Difference
Day volunteers read to
children around Lincoln.
**1 *'• By Sarah Baker
The wide, innocent eyes of
attentive children who love to
hear stories were plentiful
Saturday as UNL student volun
teers took part in Make a
Higher Education Nebraska
Reads - Make a Difference Day,
which promotes children’s litera
cy, came to the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln Saturday and
was sponsored by Student
The event gave UNL stu
dents, staff and faculty members
the chance to read to a child for
30 minutes at one of seven vol
unteer locations around Lincoln.
Student Involvement collect
ed both used children’s books
and donations toward the pur
chase of children’s books last
week. Since the turnout for dona
tions was originally low, Student
Involvement set up a donation
booth in the Nebraska Union to
try to generate more interest.
Liz Rand, a graduate student
with Student Involvement who
was at one of the volunteer sites
Saturday, said interest in dona
tions increased during the course
of lastweek. .
“We got more and more
donations throughout the week,”
Rand said. “We were able to send
books to all of our community
sites for children, so we felt good
Rand said other parts of the
program also turned out well.
“We had a good-turnout of stu
dent volunteers,” she said. “The
reading response was great.”
There were about 10 volun
teers at each site, and the volun
teers took turns reading stories to
Sophomore biology major
Heather Root, who is a member
of Alpha Phi Omega service fra
ternity, volunteered to read as
part of a project for her organiza
“I think it’s really important
to give kids a good basis on read
ing so they can learn to read
themselves,” Root said.
Senior psychology major
Justin Fisher, who is also in the -
service fraternity, agreed.
“Activities like this are really
important,” he said. “It helps
teach these kids the importance
TALKING SILENTLY, CODY DUSENBERRY, right, and Sarah Hesser, left, paint pumpkins during the Halloween party
sponsored by the UNL Friends of the Deaf Community at Grace Lutheran Church Saturday.
Eighth-grader Jonathan Scherling
said he once attended the Nebraska
School for the Deaf in Omaha, the only
such school in the state. He no longer
attends that school and said he misses
“Some of my friends don’t really
talk to me very much,” he said. “You
can smile (at each other) and that’s it”
All students are welcome at the
FDC monthly meetings, and sign lan
guage proficiency is not necessary,
Herzog said. The FDC’s next meeting is
Nov. 4. For information, call Herzog at
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