Should you join ASL club?


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Dustin Bradford Smith, Staff Writer

Are you looking for a club to join? Do you want to meet really cool people? Do you like playing games and having parties? Well I got good news for you! There is a club here at RHS that has all of those things, in addition so much more! American Sign Language is a class that you can take at this school and learn about sign language and deaf culture.


Now I know what you might be thinking “What if I don’t know anything about American Sign Language?” 


Well no need to worry! These club activities are very laid back and super enjoyable, you will learn some signs to help you with the activities that you are doing. In addition they will help you with anything that you might not understand.


Some of you might be wondering why you would ever need to know anything about ASL. To that I say, it is a very important language to learn. Nearly 10,000,000 people are hard of hearing and close to 1,000,000 are functionally deaf. 


It’s a good language and skill to learn in your lifetime incase you happen to meet a deaf or hard of hearing person. A personal example about why learning ASL was important important to me was when I learned that my neighbor across the street was deaf. I can guarantee that there are a lot more people who are deaf or hard of hearing that you might think there is.


My sister was a part of the ASL club last year and she has said multiple times that its, “one of the coolest things you can do at RHS!”


Since she was my ride home so I went to a lot of these ASL activities and they’re some of the most fun things that you can do in a club, there were parties, prizes, candy, presents and so much more you can do if you decide to join the ASL club.


Some of you might be wondering, “Do I have to be apart of an ASL class to participate in these cool club meetings?” To that I say they they encourage people who don’t know ASL to join, it will help you learn and it could encourage you to join next year.


But I have some good news, as you may have heard over the morning announcements you don’t have to be a part of  the ASL club to join these activities.


But I have some bad news, if you look at the school calendar it says that the date to turn in the applications to join the ASL have already gone. 


Maybe after reading this article it has convinced you to possibly come to an ASL club activity, maybe it convinced to join the ASL club next year, maybe it convinced you to learn more about ASL. 


If you have been convinced by any of these things then please do consider coming to an ASL club activity in the future.