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Rocklin, Calif.- American Sign Language (ASL) students from William Jessup University recently took to the foothills to volunteer at family camp run by Hands and Voices.

Hands and Voices is a nonprofit organization that provides Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing families in the area with services and information.

Following Jessup’s belief that not all learning occurs in the classroom, William Jessup’s ASL 2 class and two other students assisted campers whose ages ranged from 2-12 years old while their parents attended various workshops.

William Jessup students helped with pumpkin painting, crafts, lawn games, ASL story time, skits and more.

“This was a great experience for our students to practice the language skills they have been learning in class,” said ASL program head Bobbi Long, who holds a master’s degree in Education and has been teaching ASL for nearly 20 years. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to come alongside Hands and Voices to support their vital programs.”

William Jessup University started offering a minor in ASL last fall, enabling students to learn skills to be able to understand and communicate in the language of the Deaf Community. ASL can benefit students in their personal and professional endeavors in any chosen field.

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