Six-year old Morey Belanger is Dayton Consolidated School’s first deaf student. In order to make her feel welcome, the school decided that everyone, teachers and students alike, would learn sign language.
Sign language posters now line the walls of hallways, and students have learned how to sign more than 20 words including colors, letters and words related to school.
"Morey — without even knowing it — has taught us so much," said school Principal Kimberly Sampietro. "She has brought a culture to our building that we didn't have before."
Morey's mom, Shannon Belanger, said her family has been blown away by how supportive the school has been.
"I absolutely feel like it makes her feel welcomed," Belanger said. "I think all the kids feel excited that they know another language and I think they think it's fun."
To celebrate the students' hard work, the school invited a real-life princess who knows sign language to come speak to students this week.
Now that’s love!
(Image Credit: Shannon Belanger)