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East Central High School's ASL club spreads joy with Christmas carols

Students sing carols at different events while using American Sign Language

SAN ANTONIO – Students from East Central High School’s American Sign Language Club are using their hands to deliver holiday music to the community.

The students are caroling at different events while using American Sign Language. 

“We have to first gloss the songs, put them in ASL word order, and then we have to continually practice and make sure we get in sync so it looks good,” Emily Cano, vice president of the ASL Club, said. 

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“Glossing it (is) taking the songs and putting them in ASL word order to make it easier for us to sign them,” Breanna Bell, ASL Club member said. 

For Bell, performing for the community is special because it hits close to home. 

“I joined the club because I have deaf family members,” Bell said. 

Bell said learning new signs can be difficult at times. 

“It’s hard learning new signs and having to remember them,” Bell said.

“They learn the song and then I have them stand in a circle. They have to mirror each other and then they have to stand, and we will have to do the same parts over and over and over,” Julia Nelson, ASL teacher and club sponsor said.

Their hard work led the club to the district's choir show and to perform in other events around the community. 

The club hopes to continue this tradition for many years to come.