Advisor/Room: RIVA MARKOWITZ
Meeting Days/Times: Every other Wednesday morning, 7am, Room 606
President: Audrey Gaskill
Vice-President: Paola Perez
Recording Secretary: Carolina Restrepo
Corresponding Secretary: Gina Lofoco
Treasurer: Maria Smirnova
Fundraiser Coordinator: Samantha Estrella
ASL Board Assistant: Dominick Saginaro
Historian: Morgan Rubin
Members of the Western High School American Sign Language Club work hard to dispel the myths surrounding deafness, deaf culture and American Sign Language.
One of the Club’s goals is to help the deaf and disabled individuals in our community. To achieve this, the club devises and participates in, meaningful local projects and school activities.
One activity our students look forward to most is when they participate in a Walkathon to help benefit the deaf and disabled in our community. Last October our members raised over $5,000 and the top fundraisers enjoyed a pizza party and gain valuable service hours for their efforts.
Throughout the school year, ASL Club members visit Flamingo Elementary School in order to promote literacy by reading to students while teaching them basic sign language.
For the past twelve years, ASL Club members have participated in a pen pal program where they write back and forth to Middle school deaf/ hard of hearing students or students enrolled in middle school ASL classes. This helps them to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing as well as to continue to promote literacy. In order to culminate this project, a silent gathering is arranged where all the pen pals finally meet in person. This year the event was held on April 1st. It has always been a worthwhile experience for everyone. Many friendships are formed and many of these students ask to have the same pen pal for the next school year.
Every December ASL students dress up in holiday gear and visit other classrooms at Western to teach winter related signs, sign songs and spread good cheer. This past year we distributed over two thousand candy canes.
Last but not least, the ASL Club hopes to instill both respect and a positive attitude for ASL and the Deaf Community by helping to educate peers at Western High and in our community.
The ASL Club meets at 7:00 am every other Wednesday morning.