David McPhail has been a prolific author and illustrator of gentle, funny books about bears, pigs and children. He drew pictures for us. He always starts by drawing ears! SOmetimes he puts the chimney going the wrong way because he likes it better that way.
He encouraged all the children to draw and keep drawing. To find something to do that was all theirs, something they could do alone, and not need much of anything or anyone.
He stared drawing when he was 2 or 3. His grandmother gave him a laundry crayon. She saved everything so she cut paper bags into different sizes for him so he had paper!
David McPhail is a gentle man. The kids came up and wanted to talk to him after his presentation.
Alexandria Wailes came to visit our Deaf students. She told us about growing up in a huge family, the only Deaf child. She went to a Deaf high school, but decided to go to a college where she was the only or one of very few Deaf students. Why? She wanted to dance and there was a good dance program there. She made a choice. She said it was VERY difficult at first, and she felt lonely, but she had a goal to learn how to dance. She practiced and practiced.
She talked about musicality. Not everyone has a sense of music. It has nothing to do whether or not you are Deaf. It is about being able to feel music. She feels music through vibrations. Being Deaf doesn’t mean you don’t understand music and rhythm and dance. She is a witness to that.
She inspired our students to learn ASL, to embrace their language, to communicate, and to set a goal and work hard to make it a reality.
We were thankful to have her visit