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posted: 12/28/2012 4:22 PM

Signing Santa visits hearing-impaired kids

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  • Santa brings joy and presents to 100 hearing-impaired kids at a recent pizza party. Helping him out are Angela Hatcher of Aurora, a West Aurora High School senior and Santa's assistant; and Jeanne McDonald, Naperville, a deaf teacher at Allen Elementary School, Aurora.

      Santa brings joy and presents to 100 hearing-impaired kids at a recent pizza party. Helping him out are Angela Hatcher of Aurora, a West Aurora High School senior and Santa's assistant; and Jeanne McDonald, Naperville, a deaf teacher at Allen Elementary School, Aurora.
    Courtesy of Aurora University

 
Submitted by Aurora University

A sign language Santa brought presents to 100 hearing-impaired kids and their caregivers in Aurora Dec. 13.

Santa greeted kids and adults at the eighth annual pizza and gift party for 200 persons at Luigi's Pizza in Aurora.

The party co-sponsors were the Aurora Noon Lions Club and Sycamore-based Northeastern Illinois Association. Santa's appearance was courtesy of Don Bassalone of Lisle.

The Northeastern Illinois Association, a regional special-education cooperative, serves children with special needs -- autism, hearing impairment, vision impairment -- from Kane County communities including Aurora, Geneva, Elgin, and Sandwich, as well as nine other northern Illinois counties. For more information on the NIA and its services, visit www.thenia.org.

Aurora University students also volunteered for the event.

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