New Program Reimagines Distance Learning for Deaf Kids

New Program Reimagines Distance Learning for Deaf Kids

PLAYground is making summer camp more accessible during the pandemic.

A group from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis is transforming summer camp for deaf students, KARE TV reports.

They are working with the PLAYground, an 8-week virtual camp for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

“This is a summer program, one that’s recreational it’s so that we have learning opportunities and things to do at home,” said Kalie Fenton, a 13-year-old student and PLAYground camper.

For 13-year-old deaf student Kalie Fenton, COVID-19 is limiting her adventures to home. But through the program, she is still exploring.

“We do create opportunities for students to still go outside, interact with nature, through things like nature bingo or doing rock painting and leaving positive messages around their community,” said Sara Thibault, one of the college students working with PLAYground.

Each week, Sara and the staff at the PLAYground hand-deliver around 100 boxes of materials to students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speak English as a second language.

The box contains everything needed to complete a themed project that promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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