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 Davila School Students Teach About Deaf Culture

​​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 Language.

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.