Student looking at the owl at the Nature Center.

On a crisp September morning, students in Buncombe County Schools (BCS) Deaf Education program spent a fun-filled day at the WNC Nature Center. Sign language interpreters were on hand to ensure students were learning and understanding all about the animals that inhabit the nature center. 

“For seven years now we have been bringing students to this special day,” said Kimberly Martin, Liaison Interpreter for BCS. “It’s a great way for the kids to socialize with other deaf people, especially with those from across BCS.”

Students from grades three through 12 enjoyed the walk through the nature center. New friendships and bonds were formed amongst the group. Ms. Martin feels this yearly event has a profound impact on the students. 

“It’s crucial for students to have access to these resources and to interact with others that are just like them,” she said. “They all come away at the end of the day with a feeling of acceptance, and smiles that show their enjoyment. It truly is a great way to bring our small community together.”