Students at Davila Day School helped teach others at the elementary
school they share a campus with more about deaf culture and what it’s like to
have hearing impairment.
The lessons and activities were part of Vista Square Elementary School’s annual multicultural festival May 29, during which students
took turns sharing information about various countries and cultures.
Davila is a school for children who are deaf or hard of
hearing. It’s part of the Vista Square campus in Chula Vista but operated by
the San Diego County Office of Education.
Educators at Davila Day School are always excited for their
students to mingle and share activities with students from Vista Square, said Kelley
Fialho, a speech language therapist at Davila.
Students and teachers at Davila taught lessons and organized
activities related to assistance dogs, hearing aids and implants, and American Sign
The activities help both groups of students feel more
comfortable with each other, Fialho said.
Students get excited about the multicultural festival each
year because they’re able to collaborate on project-based learning said John
Lake, who teaches fourth grade at Vista Square.
The activities also teach the students how similar people
are even when they come from different backgrounds and have different
abilities, Lake said.
“The kids are just fascinated,” he said.